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Mouthful of Words Poem after Brian Moses

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Mouthful Of Words

Poem after Brian Moses


These are the words my teacher teaches,

omnipresent, evaporating, invigilator, dichotomy,



Then there are the words at home they choose

in our chatters animated to recounting the news.


There are the words that Grandma always seems

to say that I regurgitate, no matter the situation or their

denoting: bamboozled, flummoxed, finicky, bewildered,

smattering, apprehensive, & fastidious.


Some words I catch are sombre, like when we say wallow,

console, desolate, quarrelsome, begrudge, duplicitous,

delinquent & forlorn.


Words that linger & words I keep when I hear you repeat conspicuous,

riotous, ructions, correspondence, institution or



Some words charm a smile when we say vitality, youthful,

fantasy, daydream, trust, & finery.


I cannot say kaleidoscopic without becoming

a vital diminutive piece of its ever-changing picture.




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Martin Elder

Thu 30th May 2024 10:18

Very clever . I love it

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