Friday, September 23, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-23

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. jam (noun): a food made by boiling sugar and fruit to a thick consistency; a difficult state of affairs; the pressure or congestion of a crowd; etc. (verb): to fill a place completely; to press or push an object into a tight place; to play music informally with other musicians; etc.
2. jamb (noun): a board that forms the side of a door or window

Oh,what an awful, crazy jam
I somehow found that I was in.
So I decided bread and jam
Might help remediate my sin.

I leaned against the door’s new jamb
And thought about my awful state—
I thought perhaps that I could jam
With friends, who all played really great.

And then it was I tried to jam
The money I had just then robbed
Into my pocket. Such a jam
Of cops! So I just stood and sobbed.

The cops then took me—jammed me in
A seedy cell. The judge—no smiles—
Then tossed me in the county bin,
Where I now wait my coming trials.

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