If Poets Named the World

If Poets Named the World

If poets named the world, there’d be
a more precise variety
of names for things that suited them.
For instance, take the common “hem.”
We find it on our skirts and pants
if it is not torn out by chance.
But “upturn”seems to suit it better
In fact, it names it to the letter.
“Houseclump” better names a village.
The waterfall could be a spillage.
Each fresh-plowed field would be a tillage.
The drug store? It would be a “pillage.”


The prompt today was “pillage.”

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

8 thoughts on “If Poets Named the World

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I think there is a “spillage” that means part of the flow of water over a dam. We have them here — spillages — and spillways (they are like little dams inside bigger dams). And in olde English, I’m sure tillage have a meaning.

    Not so sure about Houseclump — that sounds like a solidified dust bunny to me!



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