NaPoWriMo Day 14: Make what you want of it- Sense & Nonsense

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) takes its inspiration from Mali’s poem. As he shows us, there many words in English that sound like other words. For that matter, English has lots of words that look like other words, Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates homophones, homographs, and homonyms, or otherwise makes productive use of English’s ridiculously complex spelling rules and opportunities for mis-hearings and mis-readings.

Give me the credit for trying 🙂


Oh my! My dress has a tear

She said, a tiny tear drop on the edge of her eye

Where are you off to? I couldn’t help but ask

seeing the pretty dress she wished to wear

Oh I was off to the fair at the creek

To hand over the cheque for the stall

when I heard the stair creak

And I went to check,

And I got stalled 

She said it all in a single breath, her fair face beet red

Can you do nothing to help but stare? 

Hello, do you know what I’m saying?

She looked at me,  in a rage.

like she’d beat me up if she could.

I felt cornered… like a prey.


Pray, tell me what is the breadth  of the tear

Can we not sew it? She glared

So may be we could get you another one, I quickly blurted

I thought I had won by the look on her face

But on second thoughts,

I don’t have cash or a card. Though I do have a cheque!

Will that help?

My life seemed at stake

I could grill you like steak, she bit her teeth threateningly

I must remember to make my will, I tell myself

Talking to you is such a waste

Off she walked in a haste

shaking her tiny waist

Leaving the piece…the root of this entire story

I watched her leave, thankful for the peace

And sipping the wine, I saw the cars below

and the lights of the fair at the creek,

the high storey building across…

So much for the creak in the stair!


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7 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 14: Make what you want of it- Sense & Nonsense”

  1. merrildsmith Avatar

    As someone else mentioned, this prompt seemed more like a writing exercise. Your story is amusing though. 🙂


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Merril. It felt like one to me😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sangbad Avatar

    Sleeping in mid gives the poem a varied sense of playful…well written…


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Ha ha…thanks Sangbad. You are kind.


      1. Sangbad Avatar

        You are welcome


  3. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    You get LOTS of credit for trying Smitha! Great use of the words and for coming up with so many examples while also telling a story 🙂


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Oh thanks Andrea❤. You’re simply very kind. I slept off midway and thought I must be the boring person around. The other participants have concocted really funny poems. But thank you. You made me feel better😊

      Liked by 1 person

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