Poetic Research

Poetic Research

My dictionary slips off its perch,
so I leave it lie and ask Google to search
for the meaning of “farctate,” a word that sounds farty
when what I had wished for was words far more arty.
But I find even after it’s screened,
I forget to remember what I have gleaned.
Then, when I check “precept” to see if its meaning
is what I think, I find it demeaning
that I have to check and do not just know,
but in the end, I am right on, and so,
I get to the task and I screw up my lips
and type out this poem without any slips.
Still and all, don’t we wish they made prompt words more easy,
so we could pursue them without feeling queasy?

Prompt words today are register, lips, farctate, precept and search. Definition of “farctate” copied from the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

15 thoughts on “Poetic Research

    1. lifelessons Post author

      I feel the same, not because I have to look them up, but because they are so obscure that someone reading my poem has to. I think it detracts. Therefore, I usually make them into a humorous poem or a pun. I just can’t avoid the challenge, however, of somehow figuring out how to use them without seeming pretentious.

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  1. Linda Crosfield

    Every year around this time I participate in a 10-word/48-hour challenge through a Canadian lit mag, Contemporary Verse II. You should see some of the words they come up with. Farctate would be right up their alley! Love how you worked it in here.



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