noun lit·a·ny | \ ˈli-tə-nē, ˈlit-nē \ plural litanies 1 a prayer consisting of a series of invocations and supplications by the leader with alternate responses by the congregation 2a a resonant or repetitive chant a litany of cheering phrases— Herman Wouk 2b a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration a familiar litany of complaints 2c a sizable series or set a litany of problems The drug has a litany of possible side effects.
When the litany of rules was done The campers went outside for some fun. The group stayed shaded from the sun Until the heat of the day was done. And cooked unlimited s’mores Before falling asleep with sugar stun!
noun sto·ic | \ ˈstō-ik \ 1 capitalized : a member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium about 300 b.c. holding that the wise man should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law 2 one apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain sto·ic | \ ˈstō-ik \ variants: or stoical \ ˈstō-i-kəl \ 1 capitalized : of, relating to, or resembling the Stoics or their doctrines 2 not affected by or showing passion or feeling especially : firmly restraining response to pain or distress
Ben was indifferent About the date he got the rent. Fortunately for him, he was both landlord And his very own stoic tenant.
noun \ ˈshärd \ 1a a piece or fragment of a brittle substance, broadly : a small piece or part : scrap 1b shell, scale especially : elytron 2 or sherd \ ˈshərd \ : a fragment of a pottery vessel found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived 3 highly angular curved glass fragments of tuffaceous sediments
Fractured fragments, shards of recalled times, Frozen vistas mixed randomly with balmy climes, No clarity of story, coherence just a pretense, When our memories get twisted out of sequence.
noun mel·an·choly | \ ˈme-lən-ˌkä-lē \ plural melancholies 1a depression of spirits : dejection 1b a pensive mood 2a melancholia sense 1 2b archaic : an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile and characterized by irascibility or depression 2c archaic : black bile adjective 1a suggestive or expressive of sadness or depression of mind or spirit 1b causing or tending to cause sadness or depression of mind or spirit : dismal a melancholy thought 2a depressed in spirits : dejected, sad 2b pensive
And a result of excess folly, Ben, though formerly seen as jolly, Now saw his life as a complete mess, And wallowed alone in melancholy.
verb dis·pute | \ di-ˈspyüt \ disputed; disputing intransitive verb to engage in argument : debate especially : to argue irritably or with irritating persistence
transitive verb 1a to make the subject of verbal controversy or disputation 1b to call into question or cast doubt upon 2a to struggle against : oppose 2b to contend over noun dis·pute | \ di-ˈspyüt, ˈdi-ˌspyüt \ 1a verbal controversy : debate 1b quarrel Police were called to a domestic dispute. 2 obsolete : physical combat
Bob disputed the contention That he should never mention How much or little attention Was given to the convention.
One solitary word each day With which we are allowed to play “Why not two or more,” he’ll say. And will present a probing survey.
He would like to write and share A lot of words, with little care. He thinks it much more fair To ramble on with words to spare.
adjective triv·i·al | \ ˈtri-vē-əl \ 1a of little worth or importance 1b relating to or being the mathematically simplest case specifically : characterized by having all variables equal to zero linear equation 2 commonplace, ordinary
Each day we, here, attempt Somehow to present, A word for you to know, Which just might make you grow.
While sometimes it may seem trivial, We do it to be convivial, So it’s wash, rinse, repeat Because we think it’s neat.
verb dis·may | \ dis-ˈmā, diz- \ dismayed; dismaying transitive verb 1 to cause to lose courage or resolution (as because of alarm or fear) 2 upset, perturb noun 1 sudden loss of courage or resolution from alarm or fear 2a sudden disappointment 2b perturbation
Elise noted, with dismay, That the sky was uniformly gray. No cloud edges shining crepuscular At twilight, not even just for her.