Mary Spain

Verbosity - Poem by Mary Spain

Were I allowed a single word each day
Perhaps I'd value it. I'd give it thought
And speak it slowly, as a child is taught
To do. And then, who knows, each word might say
Precisely what it means. instead, I play
With words, use twice as many as I ought
And get intoxicated by the sport
Of badinage. How proudly I display
What I term 'my vocabulary'.. Yet
A word cannot be owned. It is absurd
To cast around and catch them in my net,
And use them carelessly so sense is blurred.
In search of high-flown phrases I forget
Creation started with a single word.

Comments about Verbosity by Mary Spain

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/8/2016 11:01:00 PM)


    This is a very fine poem. What we must remember our words didn't come out of the ether. In all languages, they are man-made. For example Shakespeare invented over 1700. Words, our vocabulary are stored in our minds as bytes.

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  • (8/8/2016 10:49:00 PM)

    Superb line, I forget
    Creation started with a single word.
    Heartiest congrats for such a nice imagery as also on Poem Of The Day.
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  • Bernard Snyder (8/8/2016 10:28:00 PM)

    This is an excellent poem Mary! They're aren't enough words to describe how beatifully worded this is. Congrats.. And well deserved 'poem of the day'! (Report) Reply

  • Denis Mair (8/8/2016 8:40:00 PM)

    This poem also plays with words, but as reader I forgive you, because you point me in the direction of wonderfully condensed word-nuggets. I want to get a treasure chest ready for the words I will gather. (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2016 1:21:00 PM)

    Excellent poem. It raises the bar for the others too. Keep the the excellent work. (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2016 10:49:00 AM)

    Very profound and thought ful poem. If it was not for press and computers that made writing easy people would still be using their words carefully. Some time I feel we have come full circle. Now that countless written and spoken words are around at least I have started to shrink away from it. Or may be it is just my tired old eyes and brain. Wonderful poem. Congratulations for a well deserved poem of the day place. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (8/8/2016 10:10:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful, profound, thought-provoking poem. It is short too with optimum economy of precise words - which in fact is the theme around it is woven. Ancient Indian thought says that creation began with Aum, the first syllable or sound. The lofty Mandukya Upanishad delves deep into it to conclude that our three states of waking, dream and dreamless deep sleep are represented in A, U and M. And those three sounds which comprise Aum are done by opening, holding and closing the mouth. They therefore signify creation, sustenance and destruction - the three aspects of our created universe. It is a marvel how poetic minds in brooding continents apart often converge on this truth. Permit me to restrict myself to 10 although I would have happily given several tens for this magnificent poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/8/2016 7:08:00 AM)

    How pleasant it is to see the poet portraying beautifully the power of words and the care they deserves when touched, used and understood in an expression in a language. Thank you, Mary. A random quote:
    Yet...A word cannot be owned.... And use them carelessly..... Creation started with a single word.
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    Mary Spain (8/8/2016 9:22:00 AM)

    Two heartfelt words in response to your comment: 'thank you'!

  • Bharati Nayak (8/8/2016 4:34:00 AM)

    In search of high flown phrases I forget
    Creation started with a single phrase- - - A nice diction, thanks for sharing.
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    Mary Spain (8/8/2016 9:21:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing your generous comments.

  • (8/8/2016 2:35:00 AM)

    Yes, I really like this poem. A lesson for us all! often a poem itself is created from a single word but can get swamped. This is a most thoughtful poem and certainly worthy of poem of the day. In fact I might as well put it on my favourite poems' list!

    Tom Billsborough
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    Mary Spain (8/8/2016 9:20:00 AM)

    I am touched by your comments - thank you so much.

  • Kim Barney (8/8/2016 1:37:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem about how we choose to use our words. Well written and excellent choice for poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Mary Spain (8/8/2016 9:19:00 AM)

    So good to know that you enjoyed it - thank you!

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/8/2016 12:12:00 AM)

    A word cannot be owned! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Mary Spain (8/8/2016 9:18:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing your appreciation.

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/18/2013 3:11:00 AM)

    Creation started with a single word.
    So true! You have touched upon a very important subject, frugality and propriety of words spoken, to express our thoughts.
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    Mary Spain (8/8/2016 9:18:00 AM)

    I really appreciate your generous comments, thank you.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 2, 2014

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