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Vocabulary Amusement

Updated on February 28, 2017
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

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I think we poets can take ourselves way too seriously. Sometimes we forget that the reason we like poetry is because we like words. We like how they sound, how they're put together, how they sound together, what they mean. Sometimes we use language because we think it sounds poetic. Sometimes we force rhymes, sometimes we force words.

The more I write, the less of these kinds of mistakes I make. Like all things, poetry takes practice. The poems I write today are not as good as the ones I'll write tomorrow and they are better then the ones I wrote yesterday.

Mostly, poetry is supposed to be fun. I have fun writing my poems with heavy themes and with meaning and passion and love. Poems where I choose all my words carefully and slave over the final drafts and constantly rewrite and revise and edit. These are things a serious poet should do, and, while i certainly enjoy doing this-- I like seeing my poems get better and I like seeing my words say exactly what i want them to say-- i thought it would be fun to write a poem that used a bunch of big words and a few rhymes. i wanted to write a poem that "sounded" poetic, but really had no deeper meaning then me, the author's amusement with words. Nonsense poetry is a nice release, I've discovered, and I used to write it a long time ago. here's one I wrote now and it's good to be back.


Enjoy!




Word Amusement!


Pungent vociferous Viking man

Laughing oddly at the rapidly growing moose brains

Eating heads and drinking blood

From the skulls of reindeer

With fur coats of gargantuan orangutan proportion

Raping and pillaging and tearing asunder


Magic man, spinning awe and wonder

Cattle fish cut vice grip flap jack

Wearing polish Armani sausage hats

And necrophiliac ants and frizzy

Nappy headed grease farms of juxtaposed vision quests

Reigning supreme with the Cherokee

The chickadee

The Choctaw and Sacajawea’s breasts

Milk white and firm

Pulled from a hat

Rabbit like


Tales spun in the depths of night

Drunk on anti-freeze frostbite gin and marijuana

Dancing naked in the moonlight while the wolverines watch

And the cougars courageously laugh and smirk

Amidst swarming cantaloupes and lizard brains making stew to cure tuberculosis and psychosis

Fuckingcattlewreckingball

Munchingweedybucketface

Playfuljunglecatshitstorm

Californication has us

By the toes,

Slimy with jam.






all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, November 2011.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Goego. I think it does :-)

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      LOL. Thanks Marcy!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      LaThing. Thanks for reading. I'm pleased you enjoyed this. I had a lot of fun writing it, and it's a blast to read out loud.

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      goego 4 years ago from Loserland

      lmao this ones cool,

      I think this fits perfect,

      http://youtu.be/Wo4GJ6YdDeY

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is hilarious - it truly sounds like someone trying to be oh-so-something or another. Loved it!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Ok! You had my head spinning with all these words!! The only thing I could relate to was, Californication!! Totally dig it..... Not that I am from the sixties, but just sounds right, :))

      Voting up .... And hahahaha

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Vellur. That's my goal in poetry. I was recently introduced to Ogden Nash... apparently he wrote stuff like this all the time...

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      You have a way with words HAHHAHA!!!!!!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Till, did you read this poem out loud? If not, I recommend doing so for full effect!

      fullerman, indeed. at the heart of poetry is a love song to words. if you remember that, you'll be a successful poet. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Aw, we truly do forget how fun poetry can be. great work and making us realize that fun poems are a thing of art as well. good job.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      When you exercise you definitely stretch the imagination! Looks like you were pillaging poems for amusement. Definitely amusing. As you said you threw words together but some of them are really mind stretching in their nonsense; "With fur coats of gargantuan orangutan proportion" this line took me a minute to put together in my head. You know I like to write things that are amusing....I try to be funny but that doesn't always work. Voted up for its amusement qualities.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Dr. Rabie. I appreciate you reading!

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      Dr Mohamed Rabie 5 years ago

      Fun with words is really amusing. Wait for more!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      rasta: Thank you, I think. I'm not sure if this was meant to be funny, but I know it wasn't meant to be serious.

      Xeno, I loved that alliteration too. All this poem was was a study of how words sound with each other. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Xenonlit 5 years ago

      THe alliteration was fun: choctaw/chicadee/ and sacajawea as a twist. voted awesome.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Pretty strange, It has a strobe effect vibe. I felt a bit disturbed, wanted to laugh but couldn't laugh, I really don't know how to respond.

      Pretty Strong Wild Imagination.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nell and Sunshine, I'm really happy that you guys enjoyed my love poem to the English language :-) Have a fantastic Christmas/holiday season!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, this was funny! sounds like my brain trying to solve a problem! ha ha! fun hub poem!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      PDX, You creative way of having fun with words made me LOL! Keep on hubbin' my friend!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Pras, I believe that poetry should tell where you are at at that point in time. there's nothing wrong with humor as long as you're being honest. oddly enough, this poem is ABOUT poems. Poetry. the sound of words. Thanks for stopping by!

      Claymatthews, it is. You should check out my review of the book "In the Palm of Your Hand" if you plan to teach creative writing.

      audrey, i do too. Thanks a bunch for stopping by and reading. It's always nice to see you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Love, love, love the last stanza! Oh yes!

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      clayxmatthewsxfan 5 years ago from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

      These are good warm up exercises! I am thinking about teaching a creative writing class, and I would totally do something like this to warm up.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 5 years ago from Tumkur

      Poem is funny. But being funny can only be for a change.Poetry is for so many things also,like-expression of emotions, love, patriotism, complexities in thoughts, etc. Mainly, it is for expression of personality.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I am glad that you all enjoyed this. excellent comment, sanneL

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hehe! You sure got this not so obstreperous mordacious Viking laughing!

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      echoe0021 5 years ago from Conway, AR

      That was fun!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Yowza, those are indeed some fun words!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, American View. never too late, though,, really

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Well I am late to the party as usual, cool hub. I like the fun with words

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Sunnie Day, I'm glad you enjoyed this. i usually write using simple language, as you know, but I thought it would be fun to write a poem that used fancy language to kind of poke fun of people that do. Of course, I had one fellow student in my workshop who didn't get ANY of my poems and said this one "sounded like someone trying to be poetic." Due. That was the point! Thanks for stopping by

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      PDX this was great..I was sure I kept my dictionary at hand when reading this..lol You are such a talent..

      Merry Christmas,

      Sunnie

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Have you read my HUB about writing poetry titled "What Can I Say"?

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I know what you mean, I was almost trmpted in my last poem but left it at .... instead. Lol

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      lol, rosemay, please do. I don't want to get sued for causing you to get burned or choke! It;s funny, I don't really cuss, but if you put the word "fuck" in a poem, you're guaranteed a response.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Well you did have fun writing this, you certainly mixed and minced your words.

      "Fuckingcattlewreckingball

      Munchingweedybucketface"

      Really did have me spluttering my coffee. I'll make sure I don't have a drink in my hand in future when reading your poems. Lol

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Cloud, I'm glad you enjoyed this. I enjoyed your poem immensely as well, regardless of any conclusions I made. You're a talented writer, to be sure!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Awesome twisting of word play, I too love to do this with words, I'm glad I finally found someone who understands the fun in poetry. My last poem you read and commented on was meant to throw you off, so I can see why you agreed with her. LOL just a thought! Voted up as Awesome. Thanks for the addition.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Jh, I will. I had a poetry instructor tell that the best poets are the ones who love words and how they sound together, not the ones who are trying to say something. Oddly enough if you love words, you WILL say something. :-)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Oh...I forgot you should check out my Skull and Appendages poems...all for fun...fitting large anatomical words into meter and rhyme...(or trying)..

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      It is having fun with words like the poem above that one encounters "the beautiful accident" that leads one into the creation of something wonderful.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      It makes it easier to see the newest ones first. Is that what you mean?

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      You've turned your comments section upside down. Let us know how you like it this way.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Debby- I can't please everyone all the time! Thanks for reading anyway!

      @ Sue- Thanks! I enjoy making people laugh

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      "Dancing naked in the moonlight while the wolverines watch

      And the cougars courageously laugh and smirk"

      Very amusing. ROFL

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Well Justin ~ I truly appreciated reading the introduction, but the poem..... aw... gee whiz... not my style. Maybe its the subject matter, but it doesn't fit into my way of seeing the world. Blessings, Debby

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Kashmir- I'm gald you enjoyed readsing it! It was meant to be entertaining.

      @ Ruchira- I didn't mean to use fancy language and I'm glad you had fun reading!

      @Racin- LOL

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i certainly agree that words are up to us to consume, to pillage and rape...lol...i find this somewhat funny and awesome...

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I had to look up the dictionary to see the meaning of your words...lol

      could not make sense but, there was fun hidden in it :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written and fun and entertaining hub which i have enjoyed reading !

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @Snakes: I agree I was merely looking for words that sounded nice together.

      @Mar- it's funny, I dind't edit this at all except for spelling and a few linebreaks, but, the mind is funny and i found a few potential poems in here and some themes: indians, magic, vikings. Maybe I'll get some more "serious" poems out or this. At any rate, this seems like a good excercise for clearing out writers block and.or finding fodder for future poems. Thanks for the votes.

      @Tilt- Thank you!

      @Der- thanks! It's interesting what the mind will come up with if you just let it flow.This does have a nice rhythm and profound thought to it, and it's one of my favorite poems, and one of the ones I spent the least amount of time on. Go figure!

      @Wilderness and Always- Mission accomplished! Thanks for stopping by! This probly won't be my last nonsense poem.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This had absolutely no meaning to me but for some reason i thought you had fun writing this and that in it's absurdity, made me laugh. lol

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      You're right - a fun poem and one that brought a smile to my lips.

      Keep it up. Please.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      PDSKaraokeGuy: There's a lot of profundity in the helter skelter of amusing observations, deep truths and insistent rhythms!

      Voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Interesting interpretation of a fun poem. Voted interesting.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Yikes, man, can you spell...

      L O O S E A S S O C I A T I O N............??

      Oh, and this is just my cup of tea! I am so glad to meet you! Have you been reading my mind? Voted UP & FAB, mar.

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      snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi PdxkarokeGuy your nonsense made me laugh. Go easy on the anti-freeze frostbite gin! I'm glad Vinaya asked first about the Choctaw and Sacajawea, althought they are nice sounding words even when you don't know the meaning.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank u for stopping by. Glad you had fun.

      Being a nonsense poem, the phrase doesn't say anything, it was just fun to put together. A chickadee is a bird, Choctaw is a native american indian trive and Sacajawea was the native american guide during the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 1800's.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      It was a fun to read your Fun with Words. But please explain me "The chickadee The Choctaw and Sacajawea’s breasts."

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