I finally thought that I would try the dictionary poem hike that Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is doing this month on her blog, The Poem Farm. I can't begin to equal her expertise, but she is also inspiring and I wanted to see what happened with this Dictionary Hike! I used a loved and favorite American Heritage dictionary.
The word I found when I randomly opened my dictionary and pointed to “grave”, definition number three. It said: to sculpt or carve, engrave. And the sentence example is from Oscar Wilde: I wish I could grave my sonnets on an ivory tablet. How wonderful is that! One can be serious or humorous with this word. Did Wilde mean he was aiming for a new IPad so he could create an e-book? Whatever the answer, I just learned a new word. The definition also said that the word can be like to be used or fixed permanently, as in words or ideas.
It seems to me that is a good definition of a poem.
Poets listen and heed me well,
April’s wordsmithing soon will end.
Time to grave your words, the bells
which rang called you to send.
Wrote the cruelest month by Eliot,
yet if you grave your words and share
you’ll find you have such prescience
in observing the growth you bared.
Grave the tablets, the journal pages
in spiral notebooks, or general stock.
Your words will live for future ages
and none will have been written for naught.