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FromTheAsh
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Poetry Contest

Poems using specific not so daily used words

There were so many great entries for the last in a word comp that I thought I’d hunt up some more new words to use! Write a poem using the following words in their proper context. No rules on subject matter, just that all of the required words must be used in the poem.

Here are the words:
bombastic: (adj) high-sounding, inflated, pretentious
descry: (v) to see something unclear or distant by looking carefully
enervate: (v) to deprive of force or strength
insouciant: (adj) free from concern, worry or anxiety
mawkish: (adj) characterized by sickly sentimentality
portmanteau: (n) a case or bag to carry clothing in while traveling, especially a leather trunk or suitcase that opens into two halves
risible: (adj) causing or capable of causing laughter, laughable, ludicrous
timorous: (adj) full of fear

*1 entry only
*3 weeks
*New writes only
*Please post your poem and then link it here

Have fun!

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Blackwolf
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The Gentlemanly Mason's Warning

Me , Timorous ?

Not To Sound Bombastic , But Tim ,

Or Timmy Was A Boy Who Had A Lassie ,

And Even To A Lassie , I Would Say Nay ,

Like A Horse , Of Course , Of Course ;

It Is Risible , to Think I Would Drink

From A Trough , Which Would Enervate

My Energy By The Judgement Of Others ,

As I Am Insouciant Of Such Behavior ,

As It Doth Not Behoove Me To Associate

With Beasts And Asses Who Behave

In Such Mannerisms Or Create Schisms

And I Would Encourage Them To Descry

Such Mawkish Thoughts , By Their Holding

Such Outdated And Temporal Viewpoints

Against Any Who Use An Elegant Carry Case

Such As A Portmanteau , To Contain , No Refrain ,

My Magical Regalia And Paraphernalia As I Do ;

In A Leather Case , Marked Black Eagle Lodge ,

33 Degree , I Carry All With Me , If I Go To A Meeting ,

And By Way Of Greeting , I Give Sign And Seal And Grip ,

So I Would Suggest , Though Half In Jest , ( Half Quite Real )

They Close Their Lip , Or They Shall Be Eating It , For Their Next Meal !
Written by Blackwolf (I.M.Blackwolf)
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FromTheAsh
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Blackwolf said:

Yay! We have lift-off! Picture me clapping hands and giggling in glee here. What a great entry, Blackwolf! Thank you for starting things off so spectacularly!

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John_Galt
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The Tower

As I tiptoed out from
behind the darkness,
I was sorrowful, and timorous.

Each step into the light
began to enervate me, and
left me feeling alone in a
vast new world.

I could just descry on the horizon,
a distant gleaming tower of light.
As I embarked upon this quest,
every step towards this distant
pinnacle left me more insouciant.

Yes, it was a bombastic idea to
think that I, a fledgling from the dark,
could indeed reach my destination.

In a mawkish display, for one last
time, I mourned the darkness.
Then placed all that I owned
into a tattered portmanteau.

Perhaps resting all hope in the
magick and wisdom of some far
away land is risible. Perhaps.

Undaunted, I set out to make the tower secrets my own.
Written by John_Galt
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FromTheAsh
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John_Galt said:

Thank you for joining in, John_Galt! What a great piece. Happy to have you onboard.

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cloventongue89
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Death Marks

Lost for the way I descry the truth
Enervated upon beholding
Romance like anesthesia
I numb the pain in my insouciant delusion
I can’t outlie the symptoms of your sentiments
The mawkish scars of your bleeding eyes
Peering through veils of the broken
I hope in vain when I’m equally blind
Neither of us can see you
As you make love to your sorrow
And I make love to your silhouette
Lost for the lines of capability
Versus our best sung potential
Two hearts packed in the portmanteau
As we break off in halves like a wishbone
With divergent destinations
You’ve got the bigger half
As you take a part of me with you
Like I’m the residue of memory
To accompany abandon
I hope that all your wishes come true
As you use me to achieve what you want
Learning to love past a timorous heart
I starve my need for your affection
As I make my risible pleas
Like the last requests of a dying man
Lined in the irony of my bombastic whisper
The dramatic repose, the mourned loss
Of weeks wasted dreaming of an imaginary lifetime
Whether love or blood is playing tricks on our eyes
We harbor the shroud of the filter
Where I see someone to love in your reflection
But all you see is what you hate
For the underbid appraisal
Of bruises like death marks…
Written by cloventongue89 (Nathaniel Peter)
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cloventongue89 said:

I've read this several times now, cloventongue89, and each time is as beautiful and aching as the last. Thank you for entering it. Another fine entry!

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eswaller
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Dwindled Love

Your timorous voice that asks, “Did you truly love me?”
But how could I answer that when I would only descry
The true answer in the pit of my stomach? And my
Portmanteau was already full to the brim. You see
That I could not stay anymore and there was that
Bombastic speech I had prepared in my head, telling
You I am sorry, but once I saw you I stopped dwelling
On my faults as I could tell your spirits were already flat.
My once risible smile could not save you anymore. I would
Only enervate and crush your spirit. My mawkish remarks
Would only remind you of better times and insouciant sparks
That remind you of the night we first met, right where we stood.
Written by eswaller
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eswaller said:

Thank you for joining in, eswaller! Another great entry for the comp!

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slipalong
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the conflict

Our lives that fill with the bits and bobs
to cherish our dreams and not be robbed
the #portmanteau# of expectancy that still is locked
 
for round the corner is a #descry#
the fog that sudden comes to mystify
we halt at the sign of just WHO AM I
 
the #timorous# mouse would hide in nest
not to #bombastic# a creature  at its very best
a narrow squeak finds courage's zest
 
a #risible# shell of mirth our shield
our disguise the unsure our souls flying feet
to tap it and give it life giving bleed
 
so #insouciant# your life could have been
roar like a tiger where a mouse once hid
the Disney transition that hyper screen hit
 
not #mawkish# and putting false sentiments down  
but having the guts to be strong  
to spit out the bad and now chance your arm  
 
the lexicographers life is no breeze
to snort on the unused and the long makes you sneeze
the lessons you learn when you try to compete
 
recharge and animate an #enervate# brain
be a man not a mouse and not complain
to conflict with life and feel no shame
 
Written by slipalong
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FromTheAsh
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slipalong said:

A message of encouragement and strength, slipalong. Thank you for joining in!

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slipalong
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quite a challenge tried to do it justice

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FromTheAsh
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slipalong said:quite a challenge tried to do it justice

You did great!

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Gahddess_Worship
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Amour Véritable

Daredevil days my insouciant youth
Infant bravado green and risible
The fairer sex wooing with mawkish couth
To true love remaining invisible

Lug ponderous portmanteau middle age
Packed tightly with shame, resentment and guilt
Profound melancholy nought can assuage
Enervates my will wrecks life I have built

You purge from my soul misery and woe
Filling each corner with beauty and art
Your love I can trust your eyes tell me so
With timorous pause I lay bare my heart

My words sincere though seeming bombastic
Descry my love is true not fantastic
Written by Gahddess_Worship
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Gahddess_Worship said:

Glad to have you join with your incredible wordsmithing, Gahdess_Worship! I was hoping you'd return for round 2! Thank you!

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