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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 • Posted August 17, 2011

Thank you, Peter Roget.Buried thereOn Threadneedle StreetUnder words complete,Undone and hyphened;Deciphering a garble With meticulous devotion—A laundering and folding,A putting away neatlyOf well-worn pronounsTucked in discreetlyBetween verbs fleetingAnd mating withRespectable nouns!The gowns of phrases(Quotations by sagesWorld-renowned)Are interjectedFor inspection,Re-direction, inflection—Positive selectionShall be made.I imagine your headWide of crown,Filled to rattling,Could be shook As for pepperTo spice the tongueOf its mentorWith explicit andWell-ordered twaddle.————————————-————————And now a few words from Mr. Thesaurus himself…“Drought, drouth: Dryness 392.1—Dryness, aridness, aridity.Waterlessness…juicelessness, saplessness.Thirst, thirstiness; corkiness.”[Corkiness?]“Droughty, drouthy: Dry 392.7—Dry, arid, waterless.Unwatered, undamped.Anhydrous.Bone-dry…Husky.High and dry.”Corky 392.9:“Dried, dried up, desiccated…exsiccated, evaporated; parched, baked, burnt, scorched, seared…withered, shriveled…”Or, in a word—“Adust.”Yep, we’re corky alright.That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.

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