Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wordbirds, 34

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

syrma noun. [SUR-muh]
a trailing robe worn by tragic actors in ancient Greece

His syrma was a bit too long—
He feared that he would slip.
And sure enough he wasn’t wrong:
The crowd gasped—saw him trip.

The marble was a bit too hard—
They heard an awful clunk!
They dragged him out into the yard
To give him aid and junk.

Well, he woke up an altered man—
A man most changed of men.
And back then where it all began,
He said: “I will not act again!”

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