#VSS365 Prompt: Paralyse

I’ve been looking for ways to increase my reach on social media without having to pay for advertising. The #VSS365 tag gets a remarkable amount of engagement over time, and so this seems like a good opportunity to see if I can pick up an audience from my own work, unprompted.

There will also be a graphic when I do this from the poem, which provides useful Canva practice 😀

#VSS365 Prompt: Break

I’ve been looking for ways to increase my reach on social media without having to pay for advertising. The #VSS365 tag gets a remarkable amount of engagement over time, and so this seems like a good opportunity to see if I can pick up an audience from my own work, unprompted.

There will also be a graphic when I do this from the poem, which provides useful Canva practice 😀

#VSS365 Prompt: Periwinkle

I’ve been looking for ways to increase my reach on social media without having to pay for advertising. The #VSS365 tag gets a remarkable amount of engagement over time, and so this seems like a good opportunity to see if I can pick up an audience from my own work, unprompted.

There will also be a graphic when I do this from the poem, which provides useful Canva practice 😀

Word of the Day: Suitable

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

parure
\pə-ˈru̇r\
noun

a matched set of ornaments (such as jewellery)

Suitable

None of this feels right, no amount of
sacrifice, parure placed from wall to wall:
ridiculousness of it all, as if any gift or
simple trifle ever holds that sway, way
to tempt you back, when extravagance was how
it became apparent, I was never suitable at all...

Word of the Day: We’re Not Friends

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

odible
/o´di`ble/
adjective

to excite hatred; hateful

We're Not Friends

it is time for you to leave, contemptible idolator
no more from you or others for whom odible
presented as a banner, insidious in deed
as sensible walk backwards from such greed:
never turn, give rearward towards an idle dark
in case a conjured minion might brand, leaving a mark...

Word of the Day: Top of the Class

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

mathesis
\məˈthēsə̇s, ˈmathəs-\
plural: matheses
archaic

science, learning: mental discipline especially mathematics

Top of the Class

the answer is to exceed expectation
as some, occasionally, don’t need equations:
mathesis as a species, condemnation
compulsion towards data as obsession;
winning isn’t everything, they say
especially when hearts get in the way...

Word of the Day: Not So Bad

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

lepid
/ˈlɛpɪd/
adjective: archaic

amusing or pleasant

Not So Bad

they are here, making jokes, lepid attempts
to enhance this general experience: unaware
that their mirror has rotated back to face
that which humour cannot replace;
only when it’s possible to see yourself
will there be proper chance of any help...

Word of the Day: The Imperial Edict

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

knout
\ˈnau̇t\
sometimes ˈnüt
plural: knouts

a flogging whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire used (as in czarist Russia) for punishing criminals.

The Imperial Edict

normal pain, it seems, never enough for them
flogging so passé, instead a knout comes out;
poisons are a poor man’s game, make time
for elegant pomades that stun, desserts to maim
as in amongst the chaos of historical refrains
no-one expects Imperials to lose...

Word of the Day: The Moment

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

hardihood
/ˈhɑːdɪhʊd/
noun: dated

boldness; daring

The                                                                              Moment

strength misplaced, leached wood, cross walls
hardihood apparent by an absence, called away
as clock clicks, nameless hum abates, in a space
confidence vacates, arrogance adheres, falls
hardly stained, crumpled, intensive corrosion
reminder not ever enough, the broken, moment

Word of the Day: Yarn

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

filature
/fil-uh-cher/ -choor/
noun: French Medieval

the act of forming into threads

Yarn

not best for binding, perhaps too plain for show
does it matter presently which way to weave
as long as filature surrounds, combines belief:
tell this story properly, reject embroidery of fact
and when they all stand back, unpicking a view
it becomes apparent what truth reaps, it sews.

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