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A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Poetry Prompt

Updated: Feb 20

Yep--I am a day late this week with the week's prompt! (And I am always a dollar short!)


But it has a silver lining, as many mistakes do, because today Dictionary.com posted its Most Saved Words for last year. Had I posted a prompt yesterday, it would not have been hot off the press like this.


These are not run-of-the-mill words, and too many of them in one poem might be too much weight for any poem to bear.


So write a poem that uses one of these words as your title, and use that word plus one other from the list, in a poem. You can click on the link for definitions, pronunciations, etc.


The list:

pernicious

desolate

ephemeral

egregious

ostentatious

capricious

conspicuous

benevolent

ubiquitous

ambiguous


Random Side Note: I cannot hear, read, or say the word "ubiquitous" without adding "and wise"--a phrase from an old Steve Martin routine. Anyone else?






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