Monday, May 16, 2016

Wordbirds, 60

AT LAST—We’ve now commenced our third—and final—journey through Webster’s 3rd. This time, I’m picking a word near the middle 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

higgler noun
an itinerant peddler

The higgler cannot figure what
The farmer wants to buy.
The farmer merely looks and looks—
So circumspect, that guy.

At last, exasperated, the
Poor higgler merely sighs:
“If you ain’t buyin’ nothin’, pal,
It’s time to say buh-byes.”

“Too bad you have to go away,”
The farmer says (named Paul),
“For I had come prepared to buy—
To buy it—buy it all!

The higgler sadly drives away,
His lesson sadly learned.
Just wait—be patient—that is how
A higgler’s living’s earned.

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