Wordsmithing in the Real World

I can work with tangents.
Why must I remind myself?
It’s a game I like to play
coaxing ‘said words’ to come
back ’round to a better bend.
Sometimes a wily word
will disclose an actual word
it’d rather be, like ‘conscientious’
or all-out ‘capital.’ And when I say
it out loud, whoever has ears
to hear mutters, “what she said.”

(for Quickly)

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6 thoughts on “Wordsmithing in the Real World

  1. Love it!
    Sometimes a wily word
    will disclose an actual word
    it’d rather be, like ‘conscientious’
    😀

  2. You might not recall, but one of your first comments to my writing what “what he said,” which I found delightful. Yes, real-time writing is a game to be sure. My mind is always clicking with words, as though communication was a puzzle to be solved, a picture to be painted. Ex-o-lent!

  3. Tangents are like water, and can’t they wander around back to the main channel. Your crafting “wily word” is organic and impressive as well as alliterative. I like tangents, even shared co-tangents, though most folk I know don’t like them, unless the time and space to share one’s own is evident. Is the issue the permission needed to employ tangents? Not that allowing’s needed. But some might have an unexpressed tension over whether or not tangents are allowed. Thanks for allowing yours and ours.

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