Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wordbirds, 31

We’ve commenced our journey backward through Webster’s 3rd. I’m picking a word near the end of each entry for each letter—a word that interests me for some reason or a word I’d not ever known before—and surrounding it with a frayed coat of doggerel.

Words that flew into my life from Webster’s 3rd

vulpecide noun
  1. A person killing a fox by means other than those of hunting by hounds
  2. The killing of a fox by means other than those of hunting by hounds.

Reynard thought it was silly that
Some humans dressed in fancy clothes
(And some of them were very fat!),
Then rode a horse and chased. He knows

It’s just some sort of human fun—
Though when they are with pleasure filled,
Well, Reynard, knows that he's the one
Who may well end up getting killed.

At least he had a chance that way—
Some rules of sportsmanship apply,
A sort of deadly game to play.
But at the end a fox would die.

What made Reynard so angry was
The vulpecide that men employed.
It seemed so heartless, cruel, because
These men still seemed so overjoyed

To find a fox dead on the ground.
So Reynard sighed and fled the chase
And hated that dumb bugle’s sound
And hoped to eat a human’s face!

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