Fool (Me, Once.)


She’s a fool
for phrase, verb
laced with woo and wow,
the ka-pow of black clacking
and words backing up over a
bright brayed moon.

She swoons
at soft syllable, hard return,
loves and learns the sibilant
shirr of whispered song. She longs
for lyric and line, times her heart
-beat by cadence and coda, the
fullness of vowel on
hungry tongue.

She’s tripped
head over heals, gripped
pens in tired hands and resuscitated
her own soul a time or two.

Haven’t been there?
………Shame on you.




Written for Poets United.
What are you a fool for?



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12 Responses to Fool (Me, Once.)

  1. Mary says:

    Oh, I hear you with this poem, De! I think being this kind of ‘fool’ is a very positive thing!!

  2. Meena Rose says:

    If there is a word, a phrase, a sentiment beyond “WOW” and “PHENOMENAL” and “EXQUISITE”, I do not know what they are. The mermaid serenades the moon with her lyre.

  3. brian miller says:

    yeah i been there.
    smooth and fun.
    i love words.

  4. This just begs to be read aloud! Such great word choices.

  5. Ella says:

    You had me at Ka pow! I love this one-it make me want to twirl

  6. Such clever wordplay leaves me speechless…… good, such a great response to the prompt!!!!

  7. alan1704 says:

    Clever and perceptive, and perhaps a little smile, at yourself. Nicely done.

  8. Jae Rose says:

    You make me want to be there for sure! Such excitement and joy in language should be enjoyed, captured and shared – just as you have done 🙂

  9. Exquisite word play, I love the beat and cadence from woo to shirr of whispered songs ~

    We have all been there ~


  10. From the title to all the words this is great! “sibilant shirr” “bright brayed moon” – those are my favorite phrases!

  11. Susan says:

    Woo me you have done, time and time again with whisper and with magic and always with the poetic dismantling and rebuilding of words. You are tops! This poem is going in my poems I don’t want to live without file. Thank you.

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