Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-53

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. marshal (noun): a federal official who is responsible for doing the things that are ordered by a court of law, finding and capturing criminals, etc.; a general officer of the highest military rank; (verb): to arrange a group of people, such as soldiers, in an orderly way; to move or lead a group of people in a careful way; to arrange or prepare
2. martial (adj.): of or relating to war or soldiers

He marshaled all the thoughts that he
Could manage in senility.

(Too few.)

His martial thoughts remained so strong—
But nothing stayed for very long.

(Like dew.)

The marshal served him with a writ—
He couldn’t make too much of it.

(No clue.)

He thought he’d been a marshal then—
A world war? Well, way back when.

(A coup?)

His life he simply couldn’t find—
As time and stress erased his mind.

(Thoughts … few.)

We marshal moments while we can.
And then it’s back where we began.

(We’re through.)

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