Today’s new word:
dysphemism n. 1. the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one. 2. an expression so substituted, as “cancer stick” for “cigarette.”
Write your own sad poem, but one that achieves sadness through simplicity.
Pick a painter, make him or her the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
Pollock in the Playhouse
Stop crying! Why won’t you stop
crying? Get up! Get to work
Make phone calls. Find your stuff.
Do you have to do that?
You’re killing a path through
the grass. I smell it on you
I can smell that
This isn’t working You
aren’t working. We’re only trying
to help you help yourself
Try this. You’ll like it if you only
try. Try that.
Better to leave her alone
To wallow, to swallow her pain
The pain that is all in her mind
Since she can’t leave the past behind
We don’t have time for this
All the whispers, so unkind
They find time to diss
the dysphoric with dysphemisms:
couch potato, cry baby, killjoy
negative Nancy in a black mood
Today’s poetry book for inspiration is Poems: Maya Angelou