Let’s try something a little different. I’ll give you a set of words that rhyme and post a poem inspired by one of them. You choose a different word from the list and write your own poem. If half a dozen poets write poems based on various words from the list, each poem will be about a different subject, according to the meaning and/or interpretation of the words, yet the whole collection will be related to the original source like so many cousins at a family reunion.
Here’s a list of long A sounds to get us started.
a, bay, bray, clay, day, fray, gay, gray, hay, jay, lay, may, neigh, pay, play, pray, prey, ray, say, slay, sleigh, splay, spray, stay, stray, sway, they, tray, way, weigh, yay, yea
allay, array, astray, betray, bouquet, buffet, café, cliché, crochet, croquet, decay, defray, delay, dismay, display, fillet, foul play, halfway, hooray, hurray, obey, okay, Olay, parfait, parquet, passé, per-se, portray, prepay, puree, purvey, repay, replay, risqué, Roget, sachet, sauté, sorbet, soufflé, survey, today, toupee, valet
There are many other words and phrases in this large family group so you don’t have to stick with the ones I’ve given you.
I chose cliché. No apologies. I wrote this as I was posting so it has not benefited from a second look.
I LOVE YOU
We who push our pens around are told,
but already knew,
to avoid cliché, abhor the trite,
devise new metaphoric language.
But all is lost on Valentine’s Day,
when every shopworn simile,
every thought of love
whispered and smiled, laughed
and cried and shouted
as many times as there are stars,
and yet won’t be replaced.
Nor ever will be.
And who would wish it otherwise?
Now it’s your turn. Choose any other word from the long A list and go for it. Let’s see how many cousins we have.