Teaching the Teacher

Zo, little one,
you are now done
with thiz making
of poemz?

“Yes, with this final piece
I am finished, finito,

What is thiz finito,
kaput? I have not heard
of theze thingz before…

“Oh, sorry. They are slang.
A different way of saying
done, or finished.”

And you need thiz zslang
to be better

“No, not really. It is usually
meant in a more playful
manner. A play on
meaning and sound.”

But kaput? Doz not zound
at all like finishzed.

“No, it doesn’t. I think
that one came from
my mother and grandmother.
They used it to say
that a task, or some activity,
had been completed,
it was over and done with
at last. They could close
the door on that one,
put it down and walk away.”

Now I can underztand
why thiz poem making
iz zo exhauzting for you.
With zo many wordz,
all with the zame meaning
how do you chooze
which one to uze?
And why do you
have zo many?

“Really good questions.
I don’t know.
Maybe because different experiences
need different expressions.
Sometimes it is the texture
of the word
and how it suits
the fabric of the poem.
The way it sits on the tongue
or rolls off of it.
The music it makes
when said aloud. “

Ahh, and do you dansce
to that muzic?
She asks
with a grin.

“Only with my fingers
using a pen,
or keyboard.”
We both laugh.

Thank you for thiz leszson
about all the wordz.

Looking up at her,
suppressing another grin,
“So, in the end,
does that mean
you think
I might make
a good dragon?”

Elizabeth Crawford  4/30/2018

Notes: For this final day of April’s NaPoWriMo, I gave a list of words that were synonyms for the word final. Told the participants that they could choose any one of them. Then challenged myself to use all of the words. It was fun. The image is a digital painting I did after finishing my first poem a day April experience. It is Marananthaheth’s color, and seemed appropriate.

Posted at Waiting On Words: word for day 30 is final


About 1sojournal

Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: https://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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10 Responses to Teaching the Teacher

  1. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    clever composition of all word choices Elizabeth and what fun this poem is – the repartee made me smile – especially

    “how do you chooze
    which one to uze?”

    p.s please enlighten me as to Marananthaheth’s colour

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  2. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you for asking Laura. Heth’s color is sparkling ruby-red with glints of gold that pick up the slightest bit of light. For me, red is the color of creative fire, as well as passion. Gold is the color of prosperity. Heth is the dragon of my imagination, fueling all of my creative processes. I have just added a new side-bar page (been thinking about doing it for a long time) about my fascination with the dragons and what they have come to mean to me. It is listed just below the banner on this site.



  3. Sherry Marr says:

    And you completed the month, with some assistance from Marananthaheth! Good for you, my friend. I missed some days, but did what I could manage. Now here comes May, brand new month, brand new spring.

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  4. Marianne says:

    Loved this so much, Elizabeth: “Sometimes it is the texture of the word and how it suits the fabric of the poem. The way it sits on the tongue or rolls off of it. The music it makes when said aloud.”

    And I love the image of your fingers dancing with your pen or keyboard! So fun!
    Many thanks for helping to make this a great month!

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  5. 1sojournal says:

    Sherry, I realized that I’ve had some assistance from the dragons, mostly Heth, every time I’ve done the challenge. It is often during this time when they slip into my mind and give me helpful hints and a bit of laughter to lighten up my “shit, I can’t do this crap,” thinking. And yes, I may even dare to start thinking about going outside one of these days.



  6. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you, Marianne. I suffer from a severe spinal condition that doesn’t allow me to physically dance anymore, something I used to love to do, and remember with clarity the moment I knew I wouldn’t do that again. But, dancing on paper, whether with words, doodles, or color is a good exchange, and I really enjoy it. I really do see it as a form of dancing, watching my fingers move to whatever music the words are making inside my head. I once wrote a poem about mythopoesis. Somewhere in the middle of the poem, I explained that when saying it aloud it makes a smile form on the face of the reader. Then sat back and laughed at the image in my head as I saw each one, stop reading, and trying it on for size, finding the smile of which I spoke. That is one of the ways I continue to dance, because one must dance with the reader, as well as the words, don’t you think?


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  7. annell4 says:

    I am confused…but perhaps I was interrupted yesterday, got lost, can’t say…but I came again today, and found your poem, and realized I had not read it…you have much to say in the poem, and fun to read. You are right about the choice of words…again can’t say exactly why, perhaps it is the sound, the feel on the tongue, or just for the fun of it. I often entertain myself as if someone else is writing, and break myself up laughing. What a way to spend a life? Thanks for the words, it was a fun April, thanks to you. And I loved reading Marianne’s writes and Pamela’s writes, and of course you and me. Glad Sherry was with us sometimes. xoxoxoxo

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  8. 1sojournal says:

    Annell, I had a strange busy day yesterday as well. Then realized I hadn’t read your piece, so finally got to it early this morning. We were seemingly on a very similar tangent with this final making of “poemz” day. I have a feeling that if we ever sat, side by side, making poemz, neither of us would get anything finished because we’d both be far too busy laughing and tossing our thoughts at one another. Glad you came along this month, I did enjoy this adventure, maybe because it was all so spur of the moment. Only hope we can do it again,

    Hugs from the Hillbilly,



  9. Pamela says:

    Excellent use of the words, Elizabeth. Thanks so much for everything this month. I am so happy that you decided to write along with us and thanks for your great organizational skills. Hugs to you, my friend.


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  10. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you, Pamela…you are the one who talked me into doing it. And by sharing the giving of the prompts, I did enjoy it more than usual. But, I am also somewhat glad it is over, as well. It is difficult to stay inside that creative zone for such a length of time. One starts screaming for a break. And for me, that means it’s dragon time, I guess. Not sure even why it happens, but she always infuses me somehow. Glad you enjoyed, and we might just do it again, sometime…



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