A Poem by Nolo Segundo

English is not a language
one can ever get ahead of--
there are just too many words!

Like 'ludic' for example:
meaning playful, as in
spontaneous without
a real purpose...sooo,
how come I never came
across it in over sixty,
yes, sixty years reading
untold millions of words in
my beloved mother tongue,
the language I love,
the language I married?

Even spell-check never saw it,
or else why would it underline
little Ludic in red, like some
sort of criminal who needs a
good sorting out, a spell in a
scary word prison perhaps?
But if you try, really try,
you can find sweet Ludic
laying low, hiding out in the
big fat Oxford Dictionary, the
Lord-Regent of all word books!

He lives there with his cousins:
Ludibrious and that stuffed shirt,
Ludibry, as well as Ludrico (from
the Italian side of the family)
and, of course, the far, far
more famous Ludicrous,  who
seems to want the spotlight
all to himself-- words can be
so very selfish too.


© 2016 Nolo Segundo

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I love this poem so much! It genuinely made me laugh out loud! Very good job on this.

Posted 9 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nolo Segundo

9 Months Ago

Thanks --comic poems aren't my forte-- this one just came to me one day, so it's pretty much a one-o.. read more
This is amazing! Incredibly creative! I like how you relate the similar words to one another as family members.

Posted 9 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This poem was very fun to read. I love your use of personification. Thank you for introducing the word "Ludic" to me! Keep writing! :)

Posted 1 Year Ago

Huh. I've also never heard of "Ludic" before. And, indeed, when I typed it spell check underlined it in red.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Nolo Segundo

2 Years Ago

Yes, Cliff, English is an amazing language,with a vocabulary 3 times as large as Hebrew, for example.. read more

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Added on March 30, 2016
Last Updated on December 19, 2016


Nolo Segundo
Nolo Segundo

Philadelphia, PA

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