Prompt 17 – a poem inspired by terms from a specialist dictionary

To call this one musical is blindingly obvious so I’ll call it sparkling instead.

Harping On


Over half way through and still going!  Here’s today’s prompt:

Today, I challenge you to find, either on your shelves or online, a specialized dictionary. This could be, for example, a dictionary of nautical terms, or woodworking terms, or geology terms. Anything, really, so long as it’s not a standard dictionary! Now write a poem that incorporates at least tenwords fromyour specialized source.

The source for the terms for my poem was Everyman’s Dictionary of Music by Eric Blom.  There’s so much music in Italian this volume was difficult to resist!


Meet me, Allegro, at the double bar
where piano music tinkles vivace
to the crotchet clink of glasses.
And we will walk to the river
accompanied by plainsong of birds
deep faux bourdon of frogs
glissando of ducks on water.
Willows murmur pianissimo
in the light evening breeze:
our swan song before I leave.
Meet me…

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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