Open Link Night # 172 – Word Market


There was a man who went to the Sunday word market

He ventured for the first time

Among poets and wordsmiths.

He trod cautiously feeling out of his depth

For here were academics, learned and wise people

All vying for the ultimate word

The one to make all the difference.

They wanted more than expertise

Each lusted to be the grand master of all words.

It’s a lifetime search and the man

Wise enough to know, was amazed

To see these so called masters

Toing and froing, throwing words at each other

As if in a game, a game to the death.

Every obscure word was on display

Renowned etymologists stood behind their stalls

Selling the origins of words

Securing the newest usage

Blending and twisting

Shaping new and riveting meanings,

Illustrating this usage and that

Giving new insights and uses for words

That were for the most part inefficacious

In a very Sisyphean sort of way.

Inutile joked one to another,

With a knowing wink and nod.

The man who thought he was a budding poet

Loved words, random ones at that,

Gathered a bank for later use

Packed into his word bag

He returned home, satisfied,

Eager to do the one thing

Pretentious frowned upon

To be himself, write his words

Be happy they made sense to him.

After all he wanted nothing nugatory

Uttered about his efforts.

He thought this as he wrote his new poem

An Ode on his kitchen table.


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24 Responses to Open Link Night # 172 – Word Market

  1. Grace says:

    Best thing to do, gather and use them if it makes you happy ~ Love the idea of the word market and bringing it to the kitchen table Michael ~

  2. Lyn says:

    An “Ode to a Kitchen Table” would be more friendly and intimate than an “Ode to a Dining Table” which would probably be very formal. As always, your wordsmithery succeeds, Michael 🙂

  3. Love the fairy tale feel of this, Michael. And the ending lines are just yummy! ♥

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    I love the tangibility of that last line, especially. I can see him.

  5. Oh this is exactly what I want to do with words.. gather and bend (maybe even mend them)… but the nose-in-the-air I can live without…

  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Gorgeous write Michael 🙂 this poem has such a dream-like feeling to it.

  7. Started laughing at having to look up the second unknown word (to me) in this poem. Dverse has kept me busy tonight with having to run to the dictionary – six in all so far!

  8. Loved this, Michael! Sometimes it can be overwhelming to be faced with such ‘expertise’ and those with apparently superior knowledge. Writing from the heart though – that’s what’s important. You nailed it!

    • Michael says:

      Thank you Freya after being intimidated by so many poets and feeling inadequate in that I often have no idea as to what they are saying I decided to take the advice of a friend who said my blog is mine write what you want. So I do. And I enjoy the process. Hope you are keeping well and thanks for the encouragement.

  9. Bodhirose says:

    I feel that I have a quite humble little blog with just plain everyday speech written there. I’ve read many a poem that I didn’t have a clue as to what they were trying to say and with sometimes very obscure words (do you suppose that they actually speak that way in their everyday life)? I love your poem today and that title too, Michael, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.
    Gayle ~

    • Michael says:

      Glad I’m not the only one Gayle….I write for me now days and I love the process…..some days I look at a prompt and have nothing so I let it go…..I’ve stopped pushing myself to write on everything I see and let’s face it there are no shortages of challenges out there.
      Thank you so much for your supportive comment Gayle, have a good weekend.

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