Some Homographs

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge:  Homographic Fun  (posted by Magaly)
Today, I invite you to play with homographs, or words which share the same spelling but have rather different meanings. Yes, I’m referring to words like gay and just and park.
For this weekend mini-challenge, write a new poem that includes one homograph (or more), and (1) use at least two of the homograph’s meanings in your poem (as in “her lips were too close to my mouth for me to close the door in her face without knocking out my teeth”); or (2) use the homograph in your poem in a way which allows two of its meanings to apply (as in “I wish to be close enough to her to kiss her lips without violating her sensibilities or the laws of physics”).

Homographs - Magaly Guerrero

Are you intimating
that you want to become
intimate with me?

This detective is not too bright.
I suspect that his suspect
is smarter, but suspect, none the less.

A murder of crows
minding their own business
do not have murder on their minds.

I thought she was engaged
until I saw her fiancé
engaging with someone else.

Oh man, was he ever plastered.
Must have thrown bottles
at the ceiling for all this
plaster to have fallen down.

His minute mine changes
from minute to minute.

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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18 Responses to Some Homographs

  1. This was greatly entertaining. I admire your humor and creativity.


  2. I’m smiling at the deftness with which you included so many.


  3. Kerry says:

    Phew! Very cleverly done!


  4. sanaarizvi says:

    My goodness this is absolutely brilliant! ❤️


  5. Ha! I am smiling through and through at the plaster and of course all the engaging that is happening here. Witty and thoroughly delightful! 🙂


  6. This was a blast from first line to last. I enjoyed reading it (and reading it again *hehehe*) as fast as I would a tongue twister and that added to the fun. Also, I really love that it reads like a story.


  7. So much fun here… reminds me to be in a solid place when I’m to be plastered.


  8. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh, I love this. I am full of giggles and jealousy because you rocked the challenge!


  9. Carrie V. H. says:

    I absolutely love this Sara!! You have made me choke on my own laughter! 😄


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