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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