A Poem by Norman223





Struggling to waken my ageing mind

Which my dormant muse  had deserted

I picked up a random tome  from the shelf.

In the hope it would be re-alerted.


The Oxford Concise Dictionary

Was my chosen port of call

I opened a page with my eyes tightly closed

And allowed my finger to fall


I’m  glad it was a dictionary

For by happy accident

I alighted  on The word Exogamy

(But I didn’t know what it meant)


But romantic semantics emerged from this

As my lexicon explained

It means marriage outside some communes or clans

 A rule that some cultures maintained.


 But then, a second definition appeared

With a botanical connotation

Exogamy is a term that's used

 To describe cross pollination.


 So here I am writing this doggerel.

 (Which I really should have resisted)

But…. D’you know it took me more than eighty seven years

To know this word even existed!

© 2019 Norman223

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This is some delightful anthropology class you've penned in a pithy way.

Posted 4 Months Ago

it dont just happen by accident, it was meant to be.. thanks for sharing sir Norm.. you can't beat a bit o cross pollination can ya..


Posted 4 Months Ago

Writing poetry with multi syllabic words is challenging. But you pull it off with equanimity. One constructive critique.

My chosen port of call...the nautical reference seems out of place and without reference in the poem. They feel like words without any purpose except that they rhyme with fall.

If your open to it... perhaps...

The Oxford Concise Dictionary
Was my chosen tome
I opened a page with my eyes tightly closed
And allowed my finger to roam.

Just a thought. Great writing!

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

The expression "port of call" is a very common phrase in England (being an old seafaring nation :.. read more

4 Months Ago

Well said. And, although I’m sitting as I type, I stand corrected!

4 Months Ago

Thank you ettorney, I couldn't resist my facetious style of argument, but your "brief" reply was mor.. read more
shows we are never too old to learn new words, new inspirations to write...
i wonder if our muse marries outside the clan?!

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Possibly,Jacob. When it meets another fecund mind and produces a new offspring.

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Added on June 12, 2019
Last Updated on June 12, 2019



Essex UK, United Kingdom

Now approaching the age of 88 I enjoy writing as an optimistic exercise in keeping senility at bay, for I now accept old age as being unavoidable. Basically,although a fairly serious person, I prefe.. more..