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by Gene Williamson

Tuesday, September 06, 2011
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an exercise in circumlocution

 

in this turgid tale
an aging superannuated beachcomber,
often chthonic in his proclivities,  
pursues in artless abandon  
a circuitous anfractuous route   
tunneling through lackadaisical time,
until signaled one blustery day
by the ring of an offshore groaner  
he beats around the celebrated bush
in his languid attempt to vault
eliot’s soggy grimpen and--
in a flash of bogus eudaimonia—
discards his cane, packs 
his travel-tired portmanteau,
takes flight on the wings
of a laughing gull,
circumnavigates the isotropic sea
and disappears, alas,
in the susurrus of the wind. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
circumlocution: rambling way of speaking.
turgid: overblown, inflated, pompous.
superannuated: retired, worn out.
chthonic: dark, primitive, mysterious.
anfractuous: full of twists and turns.
groaner: bell buoy.
grimpen: marshy area.
eudaimonia: state of being happy.
portmanteau: traveling bag.
isotropic: the same in all directions.
susurrus:  whispering sound.

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Carol Phelan Aebby 12/12/2012
I smiled right through this and I can shamefully say sighed when the definitions appeared under the write! Thank you Poet for enriching my vocabulary in such a smooth way. With respect, Carol
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/5/2011
Clever... ...and a fine lesson, Gene. Thank you. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 9/29/2011
here's to that deep breath of creative life, gene!
well done!
carolyn
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/25/2011
Thought I had a good vocabulary. Missed 4 !!

Thanks for the lesson...& in such an enjoyable form, too.

Gotta go add chthonic,anfractuous, grimpen, and eudaimonia to my
collection.

Q: is there going to be a test? 'So, will it be a pop quiz?

Catcha later. Gon' look for a laughing gull after I finish studying
vocabulary. Git 'er done, 'en git away!! :)

x:)x Phyllis x:)x
Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/19/2011
Your endless imagination, together with these interesting and less used words, makes this a delectable reading.

Axilea
Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/17/2011
You blighter. I had the dictionary out, then at the end!!!!! grrr lolol
Becareful the Bell Bouy don't wallop you.
Very clever, never seen anything like this before.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/12/2011
...you are good!!!!!
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 9/11/2011
You did this amazingly well, though that's no surprise from you, Gene. :) I look forward to your art of words, and this time is as much as a treat as always.
Reviewed by Ragno Donna 9/8/2011
This is awesome!
Ragno
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/8/2011
i fink you've been got by a Siren, Gene... reading your "translation" makes me realise what much better words I could have used when writing me latest coo-ku. The Oxford English for starters... Thesaurus for main? I hope she calls you to circumlocute England... xx
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 9/8/2011
NICE work... you always deliver... and yes, did they make you take off your shoes? Couldn't resist asking.. again great work.. Myrna
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/7/2011
Did they make you take off your belt and shoes first? Patrick
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/7/2011
You certainly haven't lost your touch. This is fantastic mind boggling poetry...love it and you...

Peace, love and light,
Amber
Reviewed by Brian Pellerino 9/7/2011
Gene, love means never having to say you're sorry and poetry is soul food. Nice work, this...i loved it.

~B
Reviewed by jude forese 9/7/2011
glad to see age can still produce clever wordplay to juggle around the fossils of thought ...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 9/7/2011
Such a fun and clever exercise! And thank you for the definitions, too, Gene ... my fingers would have been on fire searching Webster! ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/7/2011
I LOVE words...and I LOVE this poem!!! Awesome, Gene!

Anna
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/7/2011
' takes flight on the wings of a laughing gull'...'and dissapears, alas, in the sussurus of the wind'--------- VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS SENTENCES!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/6/2011
Your sonic elements are quite an artistic pursuit, wow!
I greatly enjoy your dramatic flair, Gene!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 9/6/2011
Wonderous vocabulary
in your complex poetry!
~Gene~
"susurrus",or whispering
sound, would be my favorite!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/6/2011
I wondered what happened to you...then it became quite clear. You got lost on a sand dune then you were kidnapped by a seagull, is that it? BTW, I consider myself lucky, I knew 3 of the 11 words in your glossary.

Cheers, and its good to see you again.
Dan
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/6/2011
Nothing bogus about this, Poet Gene, or
about the state of eudaimonia i'm in
reading it - i love this Willimson,
in fact i love all Williamson;
made my morning you did... i needed
a lift out of an anfractuous grimpen
and you obliged big time

John
Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/6/2011
Gene, I am captivated and euphoric with this pursuit of artless abandon -- anfractuous routing aside the circumlocution is a marvelously entertaining voyage to my aging eyes and sputtering mental capabilities -- if old "blue eyes" were around to savor this gem he would give it one of his patented, "ring a ding dings" --Irene's torrid tryst agreed with you my dear friend -- I bid you peace, joy and love -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/6/2011
Well bless your heart Gene for the meanings of those words, that made me read it a few times.LOL Great as usual.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/6/2011
Hah! Superannuated my foot. Beachcombers never get old, they just smell that way, and you are not even ready to get lost in the hushed murmuring of currents aloft. Get back into that hut you put together with bamboo and Bazooka Bubble Gum. Jeez!
Reviewed by richard cederberg 9/6/2011
Orotund indeed! And you are NOT too old to be useful gene, even if this is a biographical snippet. "an offshore groaner" conjures much in this readers mind, (love the phrase thankyou) as does the periphrasis you employ to discombobulate the analphabetics. (-: Gotta love it - word candy from a master. richard



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