Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-42

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. limb (noun): appendage of an animal; the branch of a tree
2. limn (verb): to draw or paint on a surface; to outline in clear sharp detail; to describe

Oh, how she wished that she could limn
The human frame, the human limb.

She tried for many years—but failed—
And so she bought a boat and sailed

Into the setting western sun
And sought a different kind of fun.

And on that lovely little boat
She tried again (no hope’s remote!),

Discovering she had the skill.
Too bad a shark thought he would kill

That woman with who had tried to swim
But lost to Shark, well, every limb.

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