Word of the Day: Hokum

Word of the Day: Hokum

In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it.  My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations.  It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!

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By Alex Seise

For peace and for sweet peas,

The toils of a treatise;

An essay abundant in sarcasm and wit.

With cleverness dripping,

And luscious metaphors sipping

Irony from shaved coconut mugs.

As the sun sets o’er Marrakesh,

And the tamed oysters squeal in their

Wooden underwater crèche,

The writer delights

In the brightness of nights

Spent on the edge of a city

Lacking sorrow or pity.

He scribbles and scratches,

Dabbles and dashes,

Fervently authoring a tome of

Great substance and weight.

No room for anger, no room for hate!

This work will surely debunk ’em,

The terrors replaced with frivolous hokum.

For what is life about if you can’t have a chuckle,

A belly laugh that stretches your belt buckle

And makes the years melt away

Into a pool of milky gray clay?

It’s not about money or winning, it’s about

Joy and occasional sinning.

Life on the edge with a smile

On your face as you ponder the fate of the whole human race.

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