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If you read and speak all day
you’ll know this to be absolute
some words are there for speakin’
some for art and ill repute

The Speakin’ words aren’t tough
they get you through the day
you’ll never struggle to find
a lovely word to sing and say

You never lack a song or rhyme
a chat with a cat who sat near the door
with a hey diddle diddle and a fiddle
dance a jig with a pig forevermore

Artsy words are harder to rhyme
but they’re super fun to use
they’re words you see in a book
you take your time to peruse

You can hear the wolves ululate
feel the undulating swell of the sea
see the luminous multitude of stars
vocalize how your heart ought to be

There are so many words to know
whether Speakin’ or full of Art
use the first for everyday
and the latter for sounding smart

But words are not intelligent or dumb
a song or a book either way tells a story
for language is there to create and enjoy
so add all words to your repertory


©Abigail Siegel, 2020

MA in Classics: Latin poetry as well as myth and folklore. Writes mostly poetry and book reviews. Part-time Latin tutor:

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