Written for: Poems of Garden Gnomes – “Words, Words, Words”
Below are eight words from those two files. Use some or all of them as you will. Use them as is. Find synonyms and use these new words (or use a combination of “as is” and synonyms). Or give a poem with an anti-list, antonyms of the provided words to counter what others may write. Whichever route you take, make your poem a celebration of words.
The word in bold letters is the selected word. I’ve provided a couple synonym/antonym equivalents (coded in red and green) to get you started.
cryptic (dark, mysterious / certain, clear)
venerate (adore, love / abhor/ scorn)
reprehensible (wicked, disgraceful / good, kind)
stagnant (inactive, listless / busy, energetic)
rectify (fix, remedy / harm, worsen)
induce (coax, motivate / halt, prevent)
lethargic (languid, passive / alert, active)
adversary (foe, rival / friend, ally).
Use some, all or combinations of any of the words. And by all means, find equivalent words of your own to use. Words, words, words.
Correcting a reprehensible error
will induce you to proceed
with honor. Do not let lethargy
weigh you down, grind you
to a halt. Alt news is not
your friend. Your audience
does not wish to solve
a puzzle, or be left to wonder
why you said what you did.
Admit you were mistaken,
and perhaps you will be venerated