Of ‘Phones and ‘Graphs – #NaPoWriMo19 – 14

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Hello 🙂


“Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates homophones, homographs, and homonyms, or otherwise makes productive use of English’s ridiculously complex spelling rules and opportunities for mis-hearings and mis-readings.”

When I read the above on the Global/National Poetry Writing Month’s site, this sliver of a poem came out, which makes use of alliteration, and a word that can be used literally or about a human:


Willing the wilted wallflower well,

I proceeded to pour

The liquid down her slender stem

(First fetching her off the floor)

She gasped and gagged, but guggle-gulped…


…but it didn’t really do what it was supposed to!

So I tried again:







Can’t you hear?!

I’m happy over here?

They’re here!

No…HERE, here…?

Indeed: hear, hear!  It can start!

What can start?

The END!!  This is just the beginning…!

Oh.  Um…I’m lost, I’m afraid?

Yes, mortal, you should be afraid!



Which I found amusing, but it still didn’t hit the mark for me.

So I wrote the below and called it a night 😉


Though the only way out is through –

And he who rows heroes

Will wind into winds

Their crew knew not there could accrue –

We shall prevail.


I think the prospect of the school run starting up again tomorrow has put my brain into a different gear tonight, so I’m off to do some relaxing and reading!

Take care, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow 🙂


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