Folks who watch the cooking shows are regarded as “Foodies”. So using this logic, we are truly “Wordies”. This week, we continue the trail of words. In other circles it is called a “word cloud” or even a “wordle”. But the Phoenix rises from the ashes, so the “Word Smoke” below contains the words you will use. Use some or all in your poem. Choose one as a title or as the basis of your poem, but “Use These Words”

Challenge yourself with these words!

Challenge yourself with these words!


Also taking time to wish all Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day today.

All Mothers still with us or watching over us are celebrated!



  1. William Preston


    A fellow who is too gregarious
    might find his existence precarious
    if he happens to greet
    some new bloke in the street
    whose ambitions are somewhat nefarious.

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  2. William Preston


    It would be such a great innovation
    and a blessing indeed to the nation
    if disputes could be settled
    with no one being nettled
    and no lawyers or mass conflagration.

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  3. connielpeters

    A Mother’s Day Poem of Sorts

    When stress flames up like a California conflagration,
    mothers may disparage all those around to cope.
    She may seem austere as an old-time schoolmarm,
    but her fanaticism for her children lies at the heart.

    Presumptuous people assume that hate has won out.
    But my rebuttal is that if she didn’t care, she wouldn’t cry.
    The critic may say she must be more in control of herself
    and not let her own pessimism dictate her actions.

    The skeptic may say, some moms, but not all.
    You can analyze, scrutinize, criticize but the loving one
    would delineate what’s really going on in a mom’s life
    and with gregarious enthusiasm lend a helping hand.

    Friends prolific in kindness will go a long way to inspiring
    the innovation, not the downfall, of moms everywhere.

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  4. William Preston


    When the deacon rode out in his carriage
    it was best not to mock or disparage
    his decrepit old steed,
    for the two were indeed
    as conjoined as though tethered in marriage.

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  5. William Preston


    A fellow I know is a skeptic.
    He tends to make preachers dyspeptic
    but his arguments range
    from profane to the strange,
    so his hearers become hypnoleptic.

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  6. William Preston


    Its style is severe and austere
    and its price is excessive and dear.
    So, why would one buy
    this affront to the eye?
    If they’ve got it, they flaunt it, I fear.

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  7. The Sermon

    He was prolific
    Each word a mini
    Conflagration igniting
    Passions as they fell
    Upon the upturned
    Faces of the faithful
    Cryptic messages of
    A fanatic intended to
    Mislead the devoted
    But she sat in the last pew
    A skeptic ready to extinguish
    The flames with her rebuttal
    With words of truth raining
    Down until only dying
    Embers remained

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  8. William Preston


    Sinatra was surely terrific
    and Como was smooth and pacific
    and Haymes had the tone
    of a sweet saxophone,
    but Crosby? Ah, he was prolific.

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  9. […] innovations, disparage, scrutinize, gregarious, delineate, austere, prolific, skeptic, cryptic, fanaticism, presumptuous, rebuttal, conflagration, pessimism […]

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  10. I cannot resist a word list that fits into one of my continuing stories…
    (It is only a page long, but I didn’t want to take up the comment space.)
    You don’t have to read the whole series to enjoy:


  11. […] –  RETURN OF THE PHOENIX – USE THESE WORDS – I used all of them – click over to see list of words if you’re […]


  12. Prolific Tree Swallows (a haibun)

    It seems they’re skeptic of my presence – my awe and close scrutiny is disconcerting to them – I search for spirit of play but they’re utterly austere in their joyful work of building – layer by twig and grass layer – they construct with a fanaticism that inspires wholly. They cause a stirring of innovation in my heart – a longing to create cryptic work – art that delineates the persistent same-ness – a rebuttal against breath of pessimism, the one that silent-presumptuous-sighs-defeat – disparaging me against confident me. Yes, they give permission to be glorious – gregarious with wings wide – swooping and diving – it’s a feathered conflagration – sky’s afire with their colors – iridescent blue-black backs shine under sun and bright-white bellies contrast brilliantly. Their appearances are quintessence of yin and yang and I think how alike we really are – birds and humans – not so unusually different at all. Breathing and bleeding – showing up to assemble authentic beauty in a world that breaks with vulnerability and radiates love.

    Courage can prevail –
    there’re powers that hold us
    to live with whole hearts.

    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2015

    I’ll need to catch up with reading tomorrow – mama duty calls and on that note…Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!! ♥

    Thank you for the excellent words, Walt!

    :)’s to all the rising Phoenix’s!

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  13. Fanatic Delineation

    Once upon a time in a world of snow and wind
    Magic was created daily within four silent brick walls
    Members prolific and austere in their thoughts and dress

    A fellow named Digby, a traveling man
    Came across this black and white land
    Wearing shoes on his ears and bells on fingers and toes
    Dancing the rumba down the road

    The townspeople sighed in their black and white clothes
    Everywhere Digby walked, color and sound appeared
    The two magics fought throughout the night
    Who would win?

    Rooster Joe crowed a quarter to four
    Some crept to the door, others held onto the floor
    A conflagration caused by the sun met them with a roar
    They came out wearing shoes on their ears and bells
    On their fingers and toes

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  14. William Preston


    I had an old goat named Rebuttal
    who hardly was crafty and subtle;
    if you should bend over,
    you’d end up in clover
    or maybe in Mama’s coal scuttle.

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  15. Cryptic

    A rebuttal this is not
    So do not scrutinize
    And quell your pessimism
    That flaming conflagration
    Your skeptic fanaticism
    Will disparage advancement

    Of people, be gregarious
    Use words to clearly delineate
    Focus on innovation
    Your future will be prolific

    © 2015 Earl Parsons

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  16. Separate Ways

    Austere in manner,
    he was a skeptic, peptic
    ulcer sufferer, and a model
    of pessimism, scrutinizing
    any innovation that came
    to light, presumptuous enough
    to think himself bright,
    sure that people would heed
    his disparaging remarks.

    Gregarious and open-minded,
    she was a prolific writer,
    and teacher. She dated
    Mr. Austere, puzzling
    everyone she knew. Soon,
    she became aware
    of his tendency to rebut
    anything others had to say.
    His fanatical leanings
    in politics disgusted her.
    She left him.

    The woman’s kind nature
    was delineated when
    a conflagration leveled
    a row of homes on
    her block. She took
    stock of the situation,
    offering her home as
    haven for those
    whose homes were destroyed.
    She was happy.

    The man sought a career
    as theater critic, and because
    no one truly understood his cryptic
    reviews, he was lauded a genius.
    He was happy.

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    You don’t like your chances
    and the skeptic in you borders on fanaticism,
    the one criticism of your mindset
    is that you get more cryptic the more prolific
    you become. Stay austere and delineate
    the you that you imagine yourself to be.
    It would be wise to scrutinize your position,
    and never disparage your condition.
    The conflagration of knowledge lives
    within every thought you possess,
    and your best rebuttal will scuttle
    any new innovation. So join the celebration.
    Gregarious is better than hilariously out of touch!

    © Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

    Return of the Phoenix – Use These Words


  18. Thrilled by the inclusion of my poem “Way to Find Neverland” on Iain Douglas Kemp’s podcast the past Friday. This is a link to the recording:


  19. William Preston


    This great scourge
    flouted the whole world
    and rendered
    a schism
    born of fanaticism
    and pessimism.


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