Curious Word: Poetry Contest!

Compose a limerick or a haiku using at least three of the words from the list below.

  • Acrasia Acting against your better judgment, lack of self-control.
  • Deesis An invocation of, or address to, a supreme being.
  • Gadfly One who persistently annoys or one who prods into action.
  • Flaffer To rustle when moving, to flutter.
  • Isocracy A system of government in which all people possess equal political power.
  • Parley To speak with another, specifically to discuss terms with an enemy.
  • Nacket A rude and impertinent boy.
  • Gest A tale of adventures; especially a romance in verse.
  • Kye A miserly sailor.
  • Perorate To speak longwindedly
  • Dekko A look; glance.

Submit your entry or entries to the circulation desk by April 30.

And just in case . . .

A limerick : a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

A haiku : a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.

Good luck!