Friday, November 18, 2016

Sound & Sense, 2-78

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. muscle (noun): a body tissue that can contract and produce movement; physical strength; power and influence; (verb): to move something by using physical strength or force; to move forward by using physical force
2. mussel (noun): a type of shellfish that has a long dark shell

The mussel had a muscle that
Alarmed the other dudes
Who lived beneath the wine-dark sea
And ate their simple foods—

A Schwartzenegger sort of bulge
Affecting ocean tides
That gave the cruise ships up above
Some terrifying rides.

But when he tried to muscle in
On Sammy Shark’s terrain,
The mussel learned what happens when
Sharp teeth meet mussel brain.

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