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Bri Edwards

Veteran Poet - 3,881 Points (some time ago / Earth, i believe)

Switches …… [NOT just for electricians! ; DEFINITIONS of ‘switch', explored; MEDIUM length; rhyming exercise (as most of mine are) ]


I'm sitting here now ….just killing time,
so I think I'll just play at making a rhyme …..
or two …..or three?

I was considering a poem about a nearby doorknob,
but that'd be as boring as one …..about a little watch fob.
Then nearby I spied a light switch on the white wall;
I can surely write about switches, if I don't "drop the ball".

What does the word "switch" bring to my mind?
"Sort of" two words, one a verb, and one ….of the noun-kind.
And several meanings there are among the words, too.
It's enough to make an English-as-a-second-language student turn blue.

OK. The light switch, a noun, for turning on-and-off a light.
It could as well be another switch used by pilots in flight.
A tool I guess you could call it, though it "don't" look like much.
Switches control many things, with the help of your touch.

And "switch", as a verb, can mean the act of using a switch.
So you can switch OFF or ON a switch, and you (or I) can choose which.

Another noun-word "switch" is one no longer heard of much,
and, again, it has something to do with using the word "touch".
In years past, I've read of branches or sticks called hickory switches,
which were used to thrash bottoms, sometimes without the protection of britches.
In this sense I don't think "switch" was also used as a verb-word.
If it ever was, I've forgotten, or else ………………its use I never heard.

Lastly, "switch" can be used when referring to replacing one thing with another.
An example: "If I had a baby sister I might want to switch it for a baby brother."
The ACT of making the replacement would be a noun-use of switch,
while the ACTION of replacing would be a verb-word. Ain't English a bitch? !

(June 17,2014)

Submitted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Topic of this poem: rhyme


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to know the story, read the story. :) bri

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Douglas Scotney (7/28/2014 6:53:00 PM)

    a witch rides on a switch broomstick so I guess that's where she got her name. Don't know about itch though, Bri (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,258 Points Mr. Nobody (7/28/2014 6:51:00 PM)

    A switch-hitter you are,
    at night,
    in the back of your car?

    Be in Bubba or be it Beulah
    you'll switch hit,
    if there's mullah? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,139 Points Mandolyn ... (7/28/2014 6:51:00 PM)

    points for using fob!
    and switch is also a good biker name.
    your poetry sucks sticks
    i love it! (Report) Reply

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