August 27th, 2005

Egrets Reading

Word of the Day Poetry

After my sons left this evening, it occurred to me that I probably should have a "real blog" and not just my cinquain blog at AOL or my website which I never seem to get around to updating. If nothing else, just to keep my writing on track and note down news bits about poetry acceptances, etc.

Tonight, we were talking about "Word of the Day" poetry.

I really enjoy the exercise of taking the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and writing a poem around the word. The challenge is to try to make the word flow in the poem as if it belongs there and not artificially dropped in. The test of success is whether I'm screaming to replace the WOD after the poem is done.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But I enjoy the challenge. It's like playing scrabble and I feel like I got a fifty point bonus if I manage to make one of these WOD poems really work. Often, they amount to nothing more than an interesting exercise, but sometimes, they really work.

Yesterday's word was "bagatelle" which was defined as:

1. A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
2. A short, light musical or literary piece.
3. A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups
or arches at one end.

I decided to go with definition #1:

Diamond Fingers

Idly,
she dismissed him,
just a mere bagatelle...
never saw the revenge shot from
his gun.

Deborah P Kolodji
08/26/05

Today's word is "descant" which shouldn't be too hard if I work with it a bit. We'll see.....