Ball Is In Your Court

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
some day.

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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7 Responses to Ball Is In Your Court

  1. ladynyo says:

    Oh, so very true.


  2. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Alt anything is not my friend! 😉

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  3. Mary says:

    Check your link in Poets United Midweek Motif. It doesn’t go anywhere. You might want to put in a revised link.


  4. Sumana Roy says:

    I agree with Mary.


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