Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-17

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. idle (adj.): not working, active, or being used
2. idol (noun): a greatly loved or admired person; a picture or object that is worshipped as a god
3. idyll (noun): a simple poem or other piece of literature that describes peaceful, country life; a happy or enjoyable scene or experience

While reading Idylls of the King,
He feared that he’d be recognized,
For in a Starbucks, everything
Is public—usual or prized.

But he was feeling idle when
He headed out that fateful day.
He couldn’t think of when he’d been,
Well, free enough to act this way.

He was, you see, an idol, who
Was popular—the music scene.
And folks like him should never do
Appearances for mere caffeine.

He was, of course, swarmed over by
Adoring masses at the store.
They smothered him—and our poor guy
Was trampled—dead!—there on the floor.

So Starbucks offered them a drink—
It was the least that they could do.
It was so fruity, sweet and pink.
Their name for it? The Idyll Brew.

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