Monday, October 17, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-47

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. magnate (noun): a person who has great wealth and power in a particular business or industry
2. magnet (noun): a piece of material (such as iron or steel) that is able to attract certain metals; something or someone that attracts people or things.

That magnet magnate magnetized
His workers. (We are not surprised.)

He figured out a way to make
Them focus on their work (mistake?)

Instead of on their smart-phone apps—
Which caused at times a certain lapse

In quality: The magnets failed
To magnetize; sometimes they trailed

The competition’s offerings.
The magnate’s move now quickly brings

The competition to an end.
(Of course, he also has no friend—

No, none.) It’s work the magnate cares
About. And funding lazy heirs!

His app-less workers just work on
And, soon enough, their lives are gone.

(Dark, eh?)

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