Languid Lull

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In the endless, languid days of summer

When hubris and humidity nixes

Facts and kindness

Into haze,

Lays the promise of a fall soon coming

Where saner, cooler heads

May well usher in

Better days.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 24, 2018:

Languid

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Festinate Hope

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May justice make haste

To reclaim what once graced

But has since been debased

By a swamp that laid waste

And all ethics replaced.

May the truth festinate

Removal of greed and hate

To restore facts misplaced

By those who greatness erased.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 22, 2018:

Festinate

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Apparatchik Acolyte

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Beware of being blinded

By the application

Of flattery

(Or use of abuse)

To gain influence

For harm.

For if you do turn into

A servile acolyte

There is no end

To the baser motives

That you, too, will

Become.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 21, 2018:

Acolyte

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Mercurial

 

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“I met that man before I got here,” James had whispered while they were getting shackled for the long bus ride to the mines. The three of them were part of a shipment of fifteen long-faced youths in assorted shirts and pants. Their jail considered itself cutting-edge in social reformation. Same reason wardens used the euphemism “bunkmates” instead of “cellmates”: sounded better. Wearing donated clothes that inmates washed themselves was considered rehabilitative. A life-skill of boxers and holey socks hung on bunk-rungs to dry.

“What man?” Bobby had asked.

“Someone,” James had hissed. James always knew “someone.” Rarely closely—he had a knack for making people angry. As soon as Marcus learned the word “mercurial,” he knew exactly whom it fit. James had been raised by a gang, and if that group was anything like the bunch he himself had run with, in which individuals turned against each other to gain favor with the marshals, Marcus doubted gang life taught good friendships.

(Excerpt from “Apples in Applath”)

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 15, 2018:

Mercurial

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Obviated Healing

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If I could just forestall the suffering

Of little ones

Locked by a heartless bind

And prevented even from the comfort

Of their parents’ loving arms.

If I could somehow stave off

Their sorrow

And their helpless rage

For what should never have been made

Reality

At their tender age.

If only we all raised our voices

And demanded cruelty stop,

Maybe those who caused the pain

And obviate the healing

Will make way

For better others

Who would lead not by agony

But hope.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 14, 2018:

Obviate

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Benevolent Hope

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In a world

Where tyrants gobble power

By cruel dominance,

There whispers also

The small voice

Of kind-souled cognizance.

With hands that hold the weak

And hearts that see

The sorrow,

They will become the light by which

We’ll write a new tomorrow.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 10, 2018:

Benevolent

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Transmogrify

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If you disfigure truth

So far that

Facts no longer

Recognize their own face

In your mirror,

You have transgressed

Beyond white lies

To become

A grotesque interferer.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 9, 2018:

Transmogrify

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A Bit Eccentric

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He may be a bit eccentric

And his music may be bold,

But his mama will be happy

That his head will not be cold,

That someone is watching over

Just in case he should be told,

That it is time to eat the snack

Before his energy will fold.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 7, 2018:

Eccentric

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Sophistry’s Secret

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Once deception gains hold

And defended

As gold

It becomes a routine

For mis-truths

To be sold.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 6, 2018:

Sophistry

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Asseverate Assertively

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When there’s no doubt in your heart

And truth is quite compelling,

Be firm

Be kind

And speak your mind,

For sooth is worth a telling.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 5, 2018:

Asseverate

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