Rogets (insert [ghost] [spectre] [phantom] [wraith])

Poem

Rogets ghost is restless in death 
collecting
that, expelled with words
- what’s left
meaning

hoarding breath
lining up glass jars
labelled
so, not mistaken
floating through ether
coming together
when shaken
tabled

for the forever
generation

with thanks
dear fellow

an apparition
in ghoulish off-yellow
staring down
the great
lexicographer
thus styled
face blackened with ink
from word smithing
long ago
compiled
into the first Thesaurus

red of molten metals
clang of the hammer
spark of the anvil
heat of toolmakers forge
settles
into neural pathways

a word
it’s story
the family tree
this twinner
of words
a synner
in purgatory
lost
on his way
to Arcadia

gone, and not
in-between realms

listing for centuries
misting the meadows
haunting smutty satirists
peddlers of prosaic prose
the pauper poet

cap in hand
sponging his benefit

he visits at night
when the ache
to write
overcomes
he comes, for his cake

wax sputter
two hundred and forty three
candles flutter
as he sinks it’s black teeth
beneath
the frosted lettering

- tasteless
he spits

away
he flits

curling back
his spine
with a calligraphic bend

with more words for the mix
he returns
wails - try one of mine
for the end.

© Darius the Mate 18-01-2022


Written for dVerse: Poetics, and National Thesaurus Day, celebrating Peter Mark Roget, born January 18th 1779, who collated synonyms extensively throughout his life, to use in his own works, and temper his depressions – first published in Rogets Thesaurus, 29 April 1852.


28 thoughts on “Rogets (insert [ghost] [spectre] [phantom] [wraith])

  1. Fabulous wordplay in this one 😀 I especially like; “a word it’s story the family tree this twinner of words a synner in purgatory lost on his way to Arcadia.” 💝

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  2. “the pauper poet

    cap in hand
    sponging his benefit

    he visits at night
    when the ache
    to write
    overcomes
    he comes, for his cake”

    great wordplay throughout this… great idea for a poem, so much fun to read outload. you should consider recording it.

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  3. positively etheresque as the words waft like the ghost over the shoulder – I really savoured these last words
    “- tasteless
    he spits

    away
    he flits

    curling back
    his spine
    with a calligraphic bend

    with more words for the mix
    he returns
    wails – try one of mine
    for the end. “

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  4. with thanks
    dear fellow

    an apparition
    in ghoulish off-yellow

    I like these lines 🙂

    and especially these:

    haunting peddlers
    of prosaic prose
    smutty satirists
    and, pauper poets

    cap in hand
    sponging his benefits

    Well done, Darius!


    David

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  5. This made me laugh–I hope that’s appropriate! And I love the cute ghost at his computer. Hi Ghostie! I would bake him something but he says that everything just goes right through him, poor guy. 😛

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