Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wordsbirds, 59

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

goatsucker noun
any of various medium-sized long-winged crepuscular or nocturnal birds (as the whippoorwills and night-hawks)

Oh, is “goatsucker” just the most noxious of names?
In the world of all naming (such odious games)?

The revenge of such birds should be certain and red.
Oh, taxonomy needs to be turned on its head!

For the birds soar on winds—and what grace they all show
While our names pull them down till like us they are low.

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