Blessing, or: Curse

A poem in blank verse

The vociferous clamoring follows
me, as I descend into the tunnels,
fading slightly as I slosh through the wet,
gurgling flow of words. Cringing, I recall
the mob's chanting: "Charlatan! Imposter!"

Pipes clink and quiver, releasing tonal
rhythms of steam around me, drowning out
the distant blabber. Here, deep within me,
dissonance dissolves into honeyed hums;
Aurus' sonorous mumbling reaches me.

Splashing about at the rippling source is
the imp, babbling in the vibrant waters,
rainbowed by his endless, rambling verses.

"They've discovered you, Aurus! They've figured..."
Gleefully, Thesaurus cackles: "At last!"

d’Verse poetics prompt

The Poetโ€™s Store House

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to do one of two things:

  1. Write a SOUND POEM which includes AT LEAST ONE from EACH of the FIVE HEARING CATEGORY SELECTIONS below: (reference the hearing words you chose in your post).
    • bellow; clink; drone; jingle; quiver;
    • clamor; dissonant; rip-roaring; tempestuous; vociferous;
    • dulcet: honeyed; poetic; sonorous; tonal;
    • blabber; cackle; dribble; gurgle; seethe;
    • beseech; chant; drawl; embellish; intone
  2. Simply write about the Thesaurus โ€“ what it means to you; describe it, have fun with it. Let the synonyms flow, or antagonize with antonyms.

I did both.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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81 thoughts on “Blessing, or: Curse”

  1. oh my….I was following you deep into the tunnels…wondering why, who, what??? and then then twist at the end. Good one!
    Hoping you’ll consider joining us for dVerse LIVE today…it’s OLN day too. Just go to the site and the link is there…it’s easy to join us: to read or just listen to others. So fun to connect faces and voices with poems we’ve been reading for so long.
    I’m hosting…so consider this your personal invitation! 3 PM Eastern time….or between 3 and 4 PM….I’ll be there!

  2. Perhaps there is something to the thesaurus after all! I always enjoy my visits here, David.

  3. Love this especially; โ€œHere, deep within me, dissonance dissolves into honeyed hums.โ€ Beautifully done ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  4. Love the verbal drama of this – great to read. Where would we be without our mighty Thesauri?

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