The last time out, we gave you a list of words and asked you to use your thesaurus to find alternate words (synonyms) with which to write your poem. Today we dip back in to find something contrary (antonyms) to the words provided. And once again use these to write your poems. The words come from “The Stories of John Cheever.”
MARIE ELENA’S CHALLENGE:Relatively Speaking (a haibun) Before the sun rises, he starts his day with strong coffee and a shot glass. He is soft-spoken and trustworthy; never lewd nor aggressive. Incompetence is not in his nature. From dark to dark, he drinks hard, yet works hard – finding solutions where others stumble; aiding those in need, giving no heed to whether they be angel or devil, “deserving” or not. He battles his own demons, and judges not his fellow man. I’ve never known him Not inebriated, Yet never known him drunk © Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013 Impair: aid Timidity: aggression Chaste: lewd Sober: drunk, inebriated Power: incompetence Loudly: softly Angel: devil, demon Transparent: dark Skulduggery: trustworthiness Problem: solution
THAT VOICE IN YOUR HEAD
The solution is not an easy fix,
but it’s the concrete truth.
It’s just a weakness that’s been exposed
quite early in your youth.
“It takes some guts to get spoiled drunk!”
whispered your demon; devil punk.
© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik 2013
Replaced with these words: impair – fix, timidity – guts, chaste – spoiled, sober – drunk, power – weakness, loudly – whispered, angel – demon, transparent – concrete, skulduggery – truth, problem – solution