National Poetry Month Card #2

National Poetry Month greeting card #2

I’m doing one of these a day until the end of April. To send it, copy the permalink or the image file link into an email, tweet, Facebook DM, etc. — or just download and make free with the image.

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    Note the odd nexus
    of scurvy war and citrus:
    Proto-Indo-European nek-es

    Internecine’s root of death
    appears in nectarine –
    a bloodless, fuzzfree
    ascorbic saviour


    1. Wonderful, Julia! I had to look up the etymology to get everything you were saying here — the American Heritage Dictionary has a brief essay.


  2. Even as a child, I knew that nectarines were the most sinister of the ever-suspect stone fruits.


    1. I’ll grant you that the smooth skin is suspicious, like men who shave their heads to hide their baldness.


  3. Ha! I think ‘bloody internecine conflict’ is about right.


    1. Oh yeah? The competition among academic poets reaches its apogee here in the U.S., I gather, but poets everywhere are a contentious lot. Countries with lots of poets, such as Yemen and Somalia, are not famed for pacifism.


  4. Hmmm. This might finally explain why April is the cruelest month. (grin)


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