Ode to the Thesaurus

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What good is the clamour of words thrown out to impress
or the bellow of the clanging gong or tinkling symbol
sounding out of tune with the orchestra’s flow?
Some may think me elementary or naive
to avoid these honeyed poetics, thinking these embellishments
make one sound like a tempestuous wordsmith pounding out
words hot off the anvil of a thesaurus, full of absurdities.
No, for me I prefer the simple words of the common man
to the dribble of gibberish filling up empty lines yet saying nothing.
Give me words with tonal resonance that embellish the soul
Raising my spirit or challenging my thoughts, elevating me
to a level of poetic ecstasy… without abstract distraction.


Laura at d’Verse, shared that Tuesday was National Thesaurus Day. Many writers and poets love to use it to embellish their work! She asked us to:

Write a SOUND POEM which includes AT LEAST ONE from EACH of the FIVE HEARING CATEGORY SELECTIONS below: (reference the hearing words you chose in your post).

  • bellow; clink; drone; jingle; quiver;
  • clamour; dissonant; rip-roaring; tempestuous; vociferous;
  • dulcet: honeyed; poetic; sonorous; tonal;
  • blabber; cackle; dribble; gurgle; seethe;
  • beseech; chant; drawl; embellish; intone

As you can see from my poem, I am not a big fan of the Thesaurus, so I wrote this tongue in cheek Ode to make my point.  I get bogged down in words that are more for show than for content. It distracts from both reading and thought for me. This may help to explain my simple form or writing.

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48 thoughts on “Ode to the Thesaurus

  1. Oh man, it’s true some people get a bit of an addiction to this book going. I like your cover, how you know your style, and that the treasures inside this book are “not for you.” I like to think of it as a good spice, something to make the perfect dish is used with a steady hand. Cheers.

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  2. I agree with you, Dwight. Like Hemingway said:

    ‘I know the ten-dollar words. There are older and better words which if you arrange then in the proper combination you make it stick.’

    I also like the reference to 1 Corinthians 13. I think this was originally written in the Greek koine, or ‘common language,’ so it certainly seems appropriate here!


  3. Excellent warning to not go overboard with what I call flambiosity!!! Sometimes simplicity is best 🙂
    Hope to see you at dVerse LIVE today for OLN. I’m hosting…so consider this a personal invitation. Just go to dVerse for OLN as usual, at 3 or between 3 and 4 PM Boston time, the link is there. Hope to see you. Consider this a personal invitation!

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    • Thank you so much Lillian for your kind invitation to the OLN. However, I work at Habitat Restore on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons each week, fixing their broken items. On occasion I skip work if there is not much to work on. Again, thank you!


  4. I know I am a few months behind here, Dwight; but this is a great poem. I enjoy it a lot! I caught that biblical reference, too; and even the (inadvertent?) pun with the tinkling ‘symbol.’ That really works, since words are, in fact, symbols! I dig that illustration, too; terrific graphics. Thank you for writing and sharing. ~Ed.

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    • Thank you so much, Ed. I am glad you picked up on the inferences and symbols. Yes, that was a set of biblical sound words that fit very well into what I wanted to say. I really appreciate your comment and kind affirmation.

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