Monday, September 12, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-12

Time for more instances of the homophone: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.

1. holey (adj.): having holes
2. holy (adj.): connected to a god or religion; religious and morally good
3. wholly (adv.): completely; entirely

Dwight’s holey hovel near the Rhine
Was not a spot you’d call a shrine.

But it was holy to that dude
Who lived therein (so plain, so rude).

So he was wholly satisfied
And so he stayed until he died,

When it became a tourist site—
And, yes, a shrine for poor old Dwight.

For people loved Dwight’s simple ways—
Admired the way he’d lived his days.

Just reading, staring at the Rhine—
A life so plain, so modest, fine.

In fact his fans would do him right:
They formed the famous Cult of Dwight.

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