Bumbershoots and pollywogs, gorp and whirlybird—
Why are the words we choose to coin sometimes so absurd?
Why does one word sound sillier than others we might use?
Why are some sounds more serious while others just amuse?
Why do some get tummy ache blocking their digestion,
while others simply get the flu? It is a puzzling question.
One names the problem. That is all. No words that might confuse.
Whereas the other says the same in words that might defuse
the worry that plain words might cause–a silly sort of way it
is possible to ease the news by the way we say it.
So if the day dawns cold and drear, don coats and scarves and boots
and if dark clouds float overhead, grab your bumbershoots.
Umbrellas block the rain out and keep your shoulders dry,
but bumbershoots are bound to add a sparkle to your eye.
The prompt word today is bumble.