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Word Squirrel

Rodents can be loquacious That includes your average gerbil They love to prattle, chat and blather They really are quite verbal Hamsters are talkative too Just as garrulous as can be With running mouth and wheel to match They are a sight to see But I am loath to squander words Sparing usage is my way I gather them like so many acorns Against a rainy day Yes, word collecting is the passion Of this precocious squirrel I garner adjectives, verbs and nouns Be they singular or plural The park is fecund land There a plethora may be found Vociferous, vehement and vex I lately scooped up off the ground The verb tree is prolific Its discovery quite a boon The other day it bestowed upon me Flaunt, foster and festoon All along the sidewalks Concrete nouns lie strewn about How blithely I did snatch up A lummox, a laggard and a lout To command a better view I nimbly scampered up a pole From this lofty perch I spotted Wheedle, coax and cajole Away in the distance I spied a tempting pile Heaped up for the taking were Enticing, alluring and beguile What do I with so much verbiage? You would be fair to ask Squirreling away so vast a lexicon Must prove a mammoth task The answer lies in my arboreal abode Where these many words I stash In alphabetical order they are arrayed From zealous to abash In a capricious mood one day I grouped them by part of speech Such a cacophony arose from clustering Banter, badger and beseech No matter how I sort them The wasting of words I spurn Reserved for rarest use I keep Reticent, laconic and taciturn! _________________________________ by Brian McClain - Feb 17, 2016 Originally posted Feb 17, 2016 Accidentally deleted Feb 22, 2016 Reposted Feb 22, 2016

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Date: 5/22/2016 8:13:00 PM
I am glad that you reposted this excellent write !!!You have mastered this form of writing..(.rich and vivid images coupled with strong usage of alliterations ) A treat to your audience ..A7 and a fav...:)))) ~ Cheers~ Red~
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Brian McClain
Date: 5/30/2016 10:11:00 PM
Hi Red, Thank you so much and it warms my heart to receive such a nice comment. I wanted to also say thanks for all your many encouraging messages. I really appreciate them. Unfortunately, now I am sort of seguing into new stuff in my life and my poetic Muse has sort of gone AWOL. Seriously though, I think I have just run out of stuff to say and will have to fill up on words again before I can post any more poems. I believe you took a prolonged break from writing yourself at one point, so I think you can relate. I'll keep reading even if I don't post. Cheers, Brian
Date: 3/28/2016 8:43:00 PM
You are good with English. I teach it to foreign students and understand very well its importance. You are a SMART poet, Brian. This is a FAVE for me.
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Brian McClain
Date: 3/28/2016 9:25:00 PM
Hi Andrea, That's so very kind of you. I taught ESL myself for a couple of years in Taiwan. My idea for this poem (as well as for Word Horde) is to do kids' books that teach SAT-level vocab in a fun way that might appeal to very young ages. Thanks you for the nice comment--very much appreciated! Cheers, Brian
Date: 3/23/2016 6:15:00 PM
Amazingly done, in every way Brian. i am stunned by your talent..you sure are crafty and clever with these words. I really enjoyed reading this one!! Always, Laura
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Brian McClain
Date: 3/23/2016 8:19:00 PM
Hi Laura, Thank you very much. I am glad you liked my squirrely poem, and am flattered by your kind words. Cheers Brian
Date: 3/23/2016 8:22:00 AM
I really like this one too. Puts your imagination on full display. You are very smart. Peace my friend:)
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Brian McClain
Date: 3/23/2016 8:51:00 AM
Hi Daniel, Thank you very much for digging out this acorn and commenting so kindly. Cheers, Brian
Date: 2/25/2016 10:12:00 AM
There is this unique insurance your works always give my expectations And that satisfaction only builds more castles for my curiosity to thrive, waiting for subsequent results of your talent and thinking.
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Date: 2/25/2016 10:40:00 AM
Hey Funom, Glad you liked this poem. And so nice of you to stop by again. I appreciate your taking the time. Your awesome comments are like poems unto themselves! Cheers, Brian