Gargantuan Words

Daniel T Stowe Gardens #9 2018 (2)

I never understood the obsession with big words

calling it logolespy instead of just being a word freak.

Is bigger always better … more impressive?

Only in Texas, I believe.

To me it is just a lot of excited burbles

a gibberish of sorts much like a baby might speak

when playing with blocks on the floor.

I like laconic words… short and sweet…

chosen words that mean something to the reader.

Writing poetry is ikigai the reason for being

that can only be understood when speaking plainly.

Scintilla that sparks of inspiration takes us

down the yellow-brick road looking for the great OZ,

thinking his name should be twenty syllables long…

instead of just one.

No, gargantuan words don’t impress me much.

So… you know something none of the rest of us know

There has got to be a word for that…

Oh yes, that would be eniteo!

“I am distinguished most eminent … look at me shine!”

I say strikhedonia … it is all hog wash!

Simple words are susurrus to the soul…

light as a soft gently breeze.

The expression of belle-ame … my beautiful soul.

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Mish shared some of the new words she has come across on social media. She gave us a long list of them with their definitions and asked us to write a poem using at least three or more of these new words in our poem. I am not a fan of using words that are meaningless to the reader in my poems, and almost skipped this prompt. But then I thought, why not illustrate what I dislike about them in a poem. This is what came out!

For the words and definitions, we were given, join us at: https://dversepoets.com

74 thoughts on “Gargantuan Words

  1. This is awesome! I love this poem so much. Using new words and at the same time preferring simple words to the complicated ones is a wonderful concept. Great work. ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  2. I so believe in plain language. Its impact is immediate and broadly accessible. Create big feelings, not big words. I agree with you here Dwight , well written! 🙂👍🏼✌🏼❤️

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  4. I like your idea on words. Some people look at big, complex words and fall in love…but they don’t actually care usage and how to use the words in sentences or give the word its own usage. I like this though, it works with usage.

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