Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sound & Sense, 2-87

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. nicks (noun—plural of nick): a small cut; a small broken area
2. nix (noun): nothing; a water sprite of Germanic folklore; (verb): to refuse to accept or allow; (adv.): used to express disagreement

He always played his stupid tricks—
Asked me to join, but I said, “Nix.”

He flashed at me a flashy blade—
Some nicks it caused (oh, will they fade?).

I went down to the local pond,
Invoked a nix from far beyond.

The sprite advised me to avoid
The nixter—I was so annoyed.

He called me later—“We should go
To drink a bit? A picture show?”

But my reply was simple: “Nix!
You cut me, Dude—and just for kicks!”

And in my will I’ve left him nix
And posted (Facebook) ugly pix

Of him absconding with a swan
He’d stolen from the judge’s lawn.

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