Think of Your Employees

Written for:  dVerse Poet's Pub  (posted by Laura Bloomsbury) 
Poetics:  The Poet's Store House

"Until now, I was not aware of such a landmark but today is National Thesaurus Day and the anniversary of that great lexicographer’s birth. Apparently, Roget made word lists to combat his depressive moods, beginning to collate them in 1848 and finishing his “Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified” in 1852 with 15,000 words. The word itself derives from Greek thesauros, meaning “storehouse, treasury,”

"Write a SOUND POEM which includes AT LEAST ONE from EACH of the FIVE HEARING CATEGORY SELECTIONS below: (reference the hearing words you chose in your post)."

bellow; clink; drone; jingle; quiver;
clamour; dissonant; rip-roaring; tempestuous; vociferous;
dulcet: honeyed; poetic; sonorous; tonal;
blabber; cackle; dribble; gurgle; seethe;
beseech; chant; drawl; embellish; intone

"Feel free to dip deeper into your chosen words by elaborating further from the Thesaurus with synonyms and antonyms."

A jingle of a bell
is far less jarring
than a bellow.  Instead
of your rip-roaring
style, you might want
to use a more sonorous 
tone.  People tend to
seethe at dissonant
sounds attacking
their ears.  I beseech
you to think of your
employee's well-being.
Never cackle
when you can chant. 
Remember, a honeyed
approach catches
more flies.

jingle, bellow, dissonant, rip-roaring, honeyed, sonorous, seethe,
beseech, cackle, chant

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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26 Responses to Think of Your Employees

  1. Ain says:

    Wise words softly spoken, with it all indisputably summed up in the last two lines, very nicely done…


  2. Sadje says:

    Very wise advice.


  3. I beseech
    you to think of your
    employee’s well-being.

    This is simple, true wisdom.



  4. ha-ha – you caught me with that ending –


  5. A wonderful poem, which recites loud and clear a wonderful message. 🙂


  6. Ingrid says:

    A great use of the prompt words, and I agree with your premise!


  7. Soft-spoken often get the best parts.


  8. So true, tones and volume can be very off-putting.


  9. sanaarizvi says:

    “Never cackle when you can chant,” yes! Sage advice in this one 💝💝


  10. lillian says:

    Ah….many bosses should read this!!! Wise suggestions indeed!


  11. Discontented employees go elsewhere, leaving the heedless employer to recruit and train replacements. That is a time-consuming and expensive process. While it is important to be a good person and try to do the right thing, employers have self-interest in being nice. A well-written and helpful post! 🙂


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