It is the word raspberry
that puzzles us
with its absence of rasp
and the word secular
which pertains to centuries
as fleet as milliseconds—
the word vehicular,
a Latinate hiccup,
and the word blithe
an embarrassing lick
on the end of a leash.

It is the word bowdlerize
that throws us for a loop.
It is the word boycott
wearing a two-horned helmet
like a cartoon Viking.
It is the word memento
that news-readers
routinely mispronounce.
It is the word margarine
hiding a priceless pearl
in its etymology.

Oblivious gets our goat
if it’s seen without of.
It is averse from
that goes about town
in a coat and tails.
Vouchsafe and deign
collide with a clang,

twin brazen thuribles.
It is the word silent
that rhymes with listen.

The word barbarian
bristles, ill-shaven

as a troll in a legend.
The word avuncular
coughs and smokes a pipe.
The word inchoate,
cold as March,
makes us search
for April’s burgeonings.

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-03-04 at 06:34

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