For We Write Poems poetry prompt: Have Dictionary Will Dance
Because of their mediacy,
poetry prompts are not mediagenic,
may even cause melodramatic ache
in mediastinum, or sudden
megrim with their melange
of meandrous choices to be made.
Might culminate in melic form
of mellifluous metaphor,
or mendacious exaggeration.
Still, they mesmerize, mentally
challenge we maybe hopeful poets,
until we must respond, mumbling
into our now cold morning coffee.
Elizabeth Crawford 7/20/11
Process Notes: Have been known to rumble, grumble and even mumble when first reading and thinking of responding to a poetry prompt. Nowhere is that more true than when facing off with one of my own, thank you, Neil (they always sound good when I think of them). This prompt was meant to widen vocabulary by choosing one, or a few, new or never used words, and creating a poem using said words. I chose to go with the letter M in hopes of getting my own angst resolved with a bit of alliterative mumbling.
mediacy – intermediate position
mediagenic – attractive to popular media for hopes of publication
mediastinum – chest region of all mammals
megrim – 1. migraine, 2. whim
melange – collection of different kinds of things, or objects
meandrous – winding path with bends and curves (meandering)
melic – ancient Greek poetic form, meant to be sung rather than spoken
mellifluous – delightful or pleasant to be heard
mendacious – deliberate untruth