Douglas Scotney

Gold Star - 65,295 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Look It Up In A Book - Poem by Douglas Scotney

A poet uses 'acer'.
Who don't know it who look it up in a book,

see it's not only that
but Latin for 'sharp'.

An acus was a decent-sized needle;
a small one, an acicula.

Was a short perpendus
a perpendicula?

A stubby tail was a penicilla.
An ironic fate awaits a girl named Priscilla.

Acheron is pronounced ak-
but Aceulean's a-shoe-.

A good friend is a fidus Achates (akartease) ,
and in Greece, a short sword is an akinakes.

Topic(s) of this poem: language, tree


Poet's Notes about The Poem

in acer, acus and acicula the ac is like the ac in 'space'

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 15, 2017



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