An Apologia for Gasconade*


An Apologia for Gasconade*

This poem, per se, is not profound, in fact it’s rather frowsy.
As poems go, I fear that it is going to be lousy.
Pretentiousness in meter, a travesty in rhyme,
I really fear that reading it will be a waste of time.
Its sheets will become linen, its walk a promenade.
The entire verse will turn, I fear, into a gasconade.*
If you see more than this in it, you’re seeing pareidolia.*
If you don’t know what this is, kindly refer to the scholia!.*


Prompts today are frowzy, per se, pareidolia, gasconade and linen.

*A gasconade is extravagant boasting or bragging. *A pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind perceives a specific image or pattern where it does not actually exist, such as seeing a face in the clouds.

*Sesquipedalian  describes someone or something that overuses big words, as some of the prompt sites have lately.

*Scholia are grammatical, critical, or explanatory comments – original or copied from prior commentaries – which are inserted in the margin of the manuscript.

Blame the “Sesquipedalian” on me, as well as the  “scholia ,” which  was very handy as a rhyme for “pareidolia,” which I’m not responsible for.”

27 thoughts on “An Apologia for Gasconade*

        1. lifelessons Post author

          I had actually written a poem long ago about a pareidolia but didn’t know the term for it. Need to look up your poem. I’ve been gone all day. Got up at 6 to write my poem and this is the first I’ve gotten back to look a almost 11 p.m.


  1. M. Oniker

    I have a decent vocabulary, but still appreciated your definitions. I’ve also noticed the “rarified” words you’ve been getting for prompts lately. Good job in wrangling them.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      For years I wrote unrhymed poetry so it surprises me, too. I think there is a tendency not to take rhymed poetry seriously in this day and age but it is fun to do and as I’ve said before, it makes me feel like I’m exercising my mind and keeping it in order!



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