Today’s (optional) prompt is to write a poem that, like “Dictionary Illustrations,” is inspired by a reference book. Locate a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia, open it at random, and consider the two pages in front of you to be your inspirational playground for the day.
This is my absolute favorite NaPoWriMo prompt!! Last year I purchased a copy of the Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Deluxe 2nd Edition…for a mere $10. So, responding to the prompt, I closed my eyes and opened it…landed in the middle of the “I’s”…where I spied a fabulous word, “Intrigante”—defined as, ‘noun, “a woman given to or involved in intrigue” (from French, fem. of intrigant)’. ENJOY! 🙂 Ennle♥
Every man noticed her…
Most, deep enthralled by her
Possibly even completely
In love with her…who was
That woman, gliding shadow
At twilight…dressed in smart
Midnight-hued satin attire…
‘Neath fedora with net veil
Raven hair swooped in twist
Off elegant neck, graced by
Glist’ning jet pendant, matched
Earbobs that swayed in gas
Lanterns like smoke.
What was her name? something
Foreign, exotic…it tripped on
The tongue when they tried to
Remember, fair swooned as they
Spoke it. Oh yes, she provoked
Stunned reaction, hot quaking
As perfume trailed sensuous and
Silky, unfurling…yard after yard
Behind. Her features were sculpted
Fine cheek bones and nose; forehead
Unlined and chin angled just so.
Mute–lips tinted soft crimson…ahh
They left old men aching.
What was she doing there, clearly
Alone? What manner of business?
Dark affair, schemer’s heart?
She was painted in mystery…a
Masterful canvas they stared at
Insatiable, and hungered to own.
But alas, Intrigante was enigma
unsolvable…by dawn she had
Vanished, in amethyst mist.
©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.