…waxing poems playfully

Now there’s a word I don’t think I have ever used…
what in the world is it supposed to mean?

Waxing…what at odd word if used as I think it should be
conjurs visions of a can and a cloth, and an item to polish
using that elbow grease Mum used to go on about…

seriously…nah, not really…I think
without looking it up in a dictionary…
waxing has to do with the Moon
or with trite and/or gratuitous prose
or–more likely–poetry.

I love writing poems…sometimes I
pronounce that with two syllables: po-ems,
other times I like to say “pomes,”
which always invokes my old English teacher,
who believed that joshing around about
anything as sacred as a “po-em”
was akin to blasphemy.

I can write mushy stuff too…
in fact I think that’s what they call “waxing poetic,”
unless I made that up for nefarious purposes of my own.
The thing about writing and publishing works
of art,–or frowny-face admonishment–
is that the responsibility for adding new words
or phrases to one’s vocabulary
depends on two nebulous considerations:
Trusting the writer to know what they are doing,
and turning to a dictionary to check up on them.

Often, to card-carrying adherents of the
Vocabulary Police– hair-raising errors abound
in many otherwise intelligent examples of
blogging literature.Β  These are MOST glaring
in lectures on proper Grammar and Spelling.
So, I guess the point of all this is that
it behooves young writers to take due care
to avoid using the likes of “frowny-face”
on official writing papers.

One of the sweet things about blogging
is that One is free to break all sorts of rules
learned in seventh grade English classes–
where there is NO allowance whatsoever
for any creativity of phraseology or spelling.
If there was ever a point to this literary undertaking
it has become lost on the throes of righteousness
as dictated by Miss Frowny-Face herself.

Yes, that spectre does indeed tap its bony fingers
frequently on my shoulder.

(Caveat: this piece of silly stream-of-consciousness
is written strictly for fun …so please don’t quote me
if you get a frowny-face Smiley…. 😦

As a dyed-in-the-wool Luddite my best advice
is to get a REAL dictionary.Β  Yeah–the OED online is great…
but except for emergency spelling situations…it will
never replace the big bulky heavy paper dictionaries of yore…
and don’t trust those red underlines spell check gives,
I think the computer makes up words to confound
us when it comes to the Rise of the Machine.

But having said all that…I hasten to add that the computer’s
spell-check is better than NO spell check.

Β©Sometimes, 2016

34 thoughts on “…waxing poems playfully

  1. Interesting…seeing, reading your waxing eloquent about wax. πŸ˜‰
    By the way, I seem to be having probs getting your posts or comments in my ‘Reader’. In fact, seems my ‘Reader’ has gone ‘doolally’. πŸ˜‰ Hugs.


    1. I wondered if you had passed that problem. Is it with both ambles and afterthoughts? It appears to be an inward issue, as I get your posts and comments fine. “doolally” now there’s a specific word! πŸ™‚

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      1. Particularly with ‘ambles’…..There are persistent probs which are beginning to take the joy out of blogging and interacting…. 😦 Hugs!


      2. you could contact WP support, but my experience with that is that their advice always assumes that 1) I did something wrong; 2) I failed to read the directions; or 3) they have already answered the issue, but too bad if I don’t “get it.” (It’s elementary, my dear…just “do it.”) bah humbug.

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      3. Thanks P! I did contact them to weeks ago. Awaiting response. πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΉMay be time for me to think about taking an extended ‘break’ from here….Will see.. Hugs! πŸ™‚


      4. no! your fan base will miss you. I have so much trouble with photos…they have no idea how to fix it…the tekkies are not really bloggers…therein lies part of the problem…

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      5. Not following either of them…yet Autumnambles has all the probs…Never did before. Only very recently…last three weeks…. Will try following just to check it out. πŸ˜‰


      6. I’ve tried so much…I suspect there is something else amiss….Might have to just ‘concede’…in the end. πŸ˜‰


      7. probably did or did not check some obscure “box” hidden in the copious but unhelpful instructions someplace. I wouldn’t “concede” more like “ignore” them. I could become obsessed with the problem, but then I tend to be very weird. People who are not weird are boring. πŸ™‚

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    2. I did attempt to make “turquoise” work with “Iroquois”… it can be done, but I don’t think its the right ethnic tribe…maybe turquoise and Navajo or Hopi could be squeezed into action?

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