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Disciple of Wordage

by Chris Sorrenti

as I grow older
I find it increasingly difficult
to remember the meanings of words
I’ve continuously come across over the years

ambivalent: undecided, uncertain, hesitant as to which direction to go
corporeal: not spiritual, intangible…but solid, concrete

depending on the social circumstances
too embarrassed to ask some reminder of their meanings
other times too preoccupied to look up definitions
an ever growing vocabular
(I just invented that word by causing another to evolve)
list of literary anomalies: deviations from the common rule
that pop up to confound this disciple of wordage

opaque: hard to understand or explain, not pervious to radiant energy and esp. light
obtuse: lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility

my only way to cope with these unaccepteds (another evolution)
of colloquialism: used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation
is to insert them into my latest poem(s)
with the hope that maybe someday after enough writings and readings
I’ll get the whole mess of their meanings straightened out


1. a typical example or pattern of something; a model.
"there is a new paradigm for public art in this country"


a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles.
"English determiners form a paradigm: we can say “a book” or “his book” but not “a his book”


3. a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline
within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in
support of them are formulated

concision: the quality or state of being concise, a cutting up or off

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Posted on 02/08/2020
Copyright © 2022 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/08/20 at 08:33 PM

I would love to say I don't know what you're talking about here :), but I have the same affliction and everyone around my age seems to have caught the same word-forgetting bug. I love the idea of creating a new word as the old reliables slip their well worn cogs. Thanks, Chris!

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