Diddly Squat


Diddly Squat

Every language must be fraught
with words most definitely not
the loveliest to human ear.
They are the ones we hate to hear,
like crotch and bunion, scab and clot,
chunk or fetid, honk and rot;
but in my mind, the worst we’ve got—
the very ugliest—is “squat.”
The one who coined this word must be
the one gone down in history
for inventing the least lovely word
since phlegm or curdle, moist or turd.
Yet, how more perfect could one word be
to describe us when we bend each knee
and sit with heels pressed to our rear
close to the ground, perhaps, to peer
at insects crawling through the grass
while lucky others peruse our ass?
And so, despite its ugly sound,
no better word could ever be found
to name that pose wherein we bend
to expose our worst side to the wind.

The prompt word today was squat.

14 thoughts on “Diddly Squat

    1. lifelessons Post author

      But truly, squat is the ugly duckling of the squa family. Squash, squall, don’t hold a candle to squat for ugly!!!
      And, the pingbacks to the site don’t work for squat. I’m told there is no one there to check them out…So so far, zero pingbacks to the site.

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  1. Allenda Moriarty

    Delightful! You picked some of my favorite words which always leave a vivid image I’m my mind. As for squatting, it is an activity in my very distant past. Now, I would probably blow out both knees, if not blow it out my ass, another one of those ugly words. Certainly I would need able-bodied men on both sides to heave my bulk to a standing position. That might be a lot to ask if I had broken wind in the process of squatting.

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