1 Relating to or characteristic of hell or the underworld.
2 informal attributive Irritating and tiresome (used for emphasis)
Late Middle English: from Old French, from Christian Latin infernalis, from Latin infernus ‘below, underground’, used by Christians to mean ‘hell’, on the pattern of inferni (masculine plural) ‘the shades’ and inferna (neuter plural) ‘the lower regions’.
That region called infernal
Elicits a sense of nocturnal.
Though, if you there retire,
It’s thought you’ll find just fire.
With that scene in your mind
I wonder why, in matching kind,
It’s opposite, empyrean aerie,
Is also described as fiery.
Long form poetry is probably not best done with federated microblogging with Mastodon (or, if you must, the Twitter silo), but it does serve me very well for an occasional quatrain or two or three. Mastodon’s 500 character limit is less restrictive than Twitter, too.
Maybe if I were more serious about the effort, I’d give my rhymes more careful consideration, but microblogging seems like the perfect medium for what I like to do.
Each week a haiku:
spring winds fight the sun
both work to melt the snow banks
i watch from indoors
…and randomly, too, whenever the urge strikes me:
It fills my heart with glee
Whenever I do see
A starred notification
For the stuff I post for free.
There, there and there again
Fresh notice at the top
Another star from Ben
In the notification crop.
It may be fleeting joy
And could just as quickly fade
But for here and now, oh boy!
This special day is made!
There’s potential for almost immediate response along with comments returned over following days and weeks . A thick skin is probably a good idea, or at least not deep concern for my rhymes being appreciated.
Still, the rhymes are out there, faster than if I hoarded them to publish in a more traditional way.
And with the use of the #SmallPoems hashtag, it’s easy to find them again. If anyone wants to ask, the rhymes are officially released CC-BY.