All In The Way You Say It

Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  Misperceptions
Misperceptions change interpretations. The previous statement allows you a wide scope for material for a poem. Begin by recalling times when you thought one thing about the meaning of a word and drew a conclusion, or made a judgment (no matter how inconsequential), based on your perception. How long did you carry the incorrect meaning? How did you find out the correct meaning? How did the new meaning change your interpretation of a situation, or event?

Sometimes, simple pronunciation
can prove embarrassing,
as in a situation where
I read a word, heard it
in my head, but not yet
said aloud. First time
I had to read a page
out loud in front
of an elementary school
class, I came to the word,
‘determined’ and pronounced
it as, “dit er mined.”
Laughter ensued; I never
forgot it.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to All In The Way You Say It

  1. I guess we all have had that happen. Embarrassing but you never forget again how to pronounce it.

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  2. margo roby says:

    I’ll bet you never forgot it. I have a few words like that. They made sense to my reading mind!

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