noun \ ˈdreg \ 1 sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated (see precipitate entry 1 sense 3a) from it : lees —usually used in plural 2 the most undesirable part —usually used in plural 3 the last remaining part : vestige —usually used in plural
Dennis drank the dregs from his mug. The sound from his throat was “Glug.” He reached out for the crockery jug. And gave it a sad, slobbery hug.
noun cau·cus | \ ˈkȯ-kəs \ a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause verb caucused; caucusing; caucuses intransitive verb to meet in or hold a caucus
Our dealings become quite raucous As we work within the caucus. So let us make it very clear That those outside don’t need to hear.
adjective mech·a·no·mor·phic having the form or qualities of a machine : described in mechanical terms
Is a robot an anthropomorphic machine, or a mechanomorphic version of a human?
With Alexa, Siri and similar responsive “smart” technology becoming commonplace, I think back to Knight Rider and his car KITT as I watch a current television ad in which a human talks with his microwave about buying a car.
verb de·fer | \ di-ˈfər \ deferred; deferring transitive verb 1 put off, delay 2 to postpone induction of (a person) into military service transitive verb to delegate to another intransitive verb to submit to another’s wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect
My mind is all astir. My life’s become a blur. Others may now aver That I must soon defer
By giving them the reins, And gently shifting lanes, Releasing all these pains, Establishing their reigns.
verb \ ˈfān \ feigned; feigning; feigns transitive verb 1a to give a false appearance of : induce as a false impression feign death 1b to assert as if true : pretend He feigned that he was not feeling well so that he could leave the party early. 2 archaic a : invent, imagine 2b to give fictional representation to 3 obsolete : disguise, conceal intransitive verb pretend, dissemble
When you do not try to learn from But merely feign concern…some, For the troubles faced by others You ignore that they’re your brothers.