A Poetic Walk to the Shops – Day 24 of National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

A Poetic Walk to the Shops – Day 24 of National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

Today is day 24 of NaPoWriMo and once again I am following the prompt over on their site.  Today they have challenged us to write a “mix-and-match” poem in which you mingle fancy vocabulary with distinctly un-fancy words. I spent around 10 minutes looking at some fancy words (many of which I had to make sure I was using in the right context) and then, on every third line of each verse I decided to use a very ordinary word such as phone or sofa – and I have made sure that those particular words rhyme. The poem I have written describes a simple walk for Ross, Grace and I down to the shops and back again – one of our favourite things to do, especially on a Saturday evening. How many words did you have to look up the meaning of?

A Poetic Walk to the Shops

The desultory area 3 years on
Has become bucolic
It is somewhere we call home
We spend our halcyon days
At our demesne
And sometimes ignore the phone

Our time is evanescent
As we gambol
Down to the Co-Op
We purchase our elixir
Choosing something mellifluous
Our pick depends on the shop

Sometimes inhaling petrichor
Is so very redolent
But it’s usually just the fumes
Our ambulatory strolling
As we climb the acclivity
And past us a car zooms

Arriving at our own domicile
To languor together
On our sofa
Preparing our sumptuous
Pabulum for absorption
With a glass of cola

Victoria Welton 24th April 2016 


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  1. April 28, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    It made me smile and had a good energy about the poem. Although I know some but by no means all of the more tricky words I wouldn’t of felt confident using them. You’ve made those words flow:)

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  2. April 28, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Wow, this is glorious. Your use of language is so impressive – I had to look up demesne as I have never heard it before. What an extraordinary poem for such an ordinary activity.

  3. April 28, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    I’m not sure if I totally understand all of the words but somehow it kind of made sense. I really do love how you write just fabulous xx
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  4. April 28, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I love love love your poem, and I don’t know what all the words mean, which I adore too. I’ve always liked the spelling of ‘demesne’ like that, so it’s nice to see. I’m so impressed with all the poems you’ve been writing for NaPoWriMo. You’ll have enough for a pamphlet by now!

  5. April 25, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Ive been reading all of your poems and this is one of my favourites. It made me feel good for understanding the words too 😃

  6. April 25, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    I’m not sure if it should have made me laugh, but it did! I hardly understood any of those words, but there was enough context to understand the poem as a whole.
    Very clever!

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