NaPoWriMo 2016, Poetry
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NaPoWriMo Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen for NaPoWriMo and today’s optional prompt was to find the nearest specialised dictionary and take ten words to use in a poem. Apparently the only specialised dictionary I own is ‘500 Words You Should Know’ by Caroline Taggart. Using a random number generator I pulled out ten words which you can find the definitions to in the glossary below.They weren’t the easiest to cram together in a poem.

An Eponymous Man

I asked him how his day had been over coffee,

I did not ask for him to delineate his life

over three straight hours,

until the room became crepuscular

and I had heard all about his useless amanuensis.

I learnt how in a time prelapsarian

he apparently wasn’t so subfusc,

his need for the material

hadn’t been so voracious,

and his tendency to be pejorative

was minimal.

He informed me that his job was


I nodded politely and smiled,

not quite trusting my mouth to move

or even open.

‘In his mind,’ I told my friend later,

he’s eponymous to everyone’s story.

She looked at me and frowned.

‘He’s what?’

‘He’s an arse,’ I said.

‘An utter arse.’


Amanuensis: A secretary or literary assistant.

Crepuscular: Pertaining to dusk; dimly lit.

Delineate: To draw a clear outline of [both literally and figuratively] or to portray something clearly in words]

Dolorous: The musical instruction doloroso means the piece is to be played mournfully; if such music affected you deeply you might have a dolorous expression on your face or even be reduced to weeping dolorously.

Eponymous: An eponym [from the Greek for ‘significant name’] is the name of the person after whom a place, discovery, invention or the like is named.

Esoteric: From the Greek for inner or within, the original meaning is ‘understandable only to the initiated, those with special knowledge’.

Pejorative: From the Latin for worse, this often describes a word that carries unpleasant and disparaging connotation.

Prelapsarian: Literally means ‘before the fall’ and can be used to refer to a state of extreme innocence or naivety.

Subfusc: Dark or gloomy.

Voracious: Greedy, though not exclusively for food.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


    • Haha, I’m sure we’ve all met some rather like him. I was a little hesitant about the post because I thought some of the words might put people off but it’s great to hear positive feedback.

      • Well, it was nice to have the definitions at the end, but I am a bit of a swot and quite liked testing myself on them as I went through.

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