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Sesquipedality: Edward Capern at Boscobel House

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Sesquipedality: Edward Capern at Boscobel House

	... [into] the oaken box in which the hunted King was secreted....
	Capern essayed to descend...
	- Elihu Burritt, Walks in the Black Country (1868)

Suppose a poet-postman, full of good Victorian
Embonpoint, should chance to
Step into this house of hiding – a nook unknown to
Questing Roundhead spies – and think to slip
Unseen into the oubliette fitted out
In Cromwell’s days for a king; suppose this very
Poet – more portly in the midriff than Charles
Escaping from his throne – gets caught
Dead-center in the all-too-narrow trap-door gap.
Alas, for all his wriggling, he’s trapped
Longitudinally between floors. What can a poet,
Ill-versed in such historic lore, do but
Taunt the Muses with his long, many-syllabled
Yelps, unrhyming but in vivid metaphor?

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  1. Date: 7/26/2009 4:55:00 PM
    Wow 2 words I've never seen and one I couldn't remember the meaning of Sesquipedality(long words) , Embonpoint (chubby) & oubliette (trap door into a cell)...thanks! And a very crafty use of an acrostic! Light & Love