Ryan John Payne

Rookie - 107 Points (New Mexico, United States)

My Clandestine Xeriscape - Poem by Ryan John Payne

Neither did I fret nor was I grim
When, with words, I tried to limn​
Insolent adjectives ​oddly phrased
In my mind's ​clandestine xeriscape.
Nevertheless, I ​did ​forage through,
​Rearranged predicates gone askew​,
​My lexicon of utterances renewed,
Purple vernacular meant to amuse.
Stanzas rain down and nothing dim:
A xerothermic page is now a hymn.

Topic(s) of this poem: hymn, nature, purple

Form: Doggerel


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I like to use unusual words as I paint with words. I provided definitions for these below for the reader's convenience.

1. TO LIMN: to draw, paint, outline, or describe.

2. XERISCAPE: environmental design of residential and park land using various methods for minimizing the need for water use.

3. XEROTHERMIC: of or relating to the condition of being dry and hot.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 17, 2016



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