Open Mouth

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meet the bar with Onomatopoeia  (posted by Bjorn)

Onomatopoeia /.ɒnə(ʊ)matəˈpiːə/

– the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. cuckoo, sizzle ).
– the use of onomatopoeia for literary effect.

“So the prompt today is all about the sound of our poems, and I would like you to approach it in a very specific way.

First of all we have to find a wordlist of such words and fortunately the internet is full of such lists. See for instance this or this. If you have your own favorite you are free to select your own.

Example of such “normal” words are; hiss, cuckoo and babbling.

Then we have the words that we find in places like cartoons, words that are created with the sound of saying, words you can create yourself: pow, ka-boom and zumm.”

Blab, blab, blab,
that’s you. Blurt
-squirt out whatever is
in your head. Not
everything needs
to be said. No
secret whispered
is ever safe with
you. Boo-hoo. Have
I hurt your feelings?
You have squeezed me
into an awkward
position with a good
friend by constant

chit-chattering. What
a cluck! No one will
confide in you now
because all you do is
blab, blab, blab.

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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15 Responses to Open Mouth

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Oh, I have a friend like this – blab, blab, blab. Well done.


  2. rothpoetry says:

    I think I know some people like this person!


  3. Singledust says:

    their blabbing compromises others – not good i think


  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice use of “boo hoo” and “blab blab blab”.


  5. gillena says:

    Nice one your sounds are so appropriate to each complaint. And what an awful friend
    Happy you dropped by my blog.

    much love…


  6. In the end… it’s what you say that matters… not how much.


  7. Maggie C says:

    I know that person! (Those people?)


  8. jillys2016 says:

    Oooh! Nailed it! Really enjoy this one!


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