Diptychery (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 18)


“…our (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word! Your neologisms could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly.”


Neologism“Diptychery”, crafted definition:

diptych noun (Greek origin); A painting, especially an altarpiece, on two hinged wooden panels which may be closed like a book.  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/diptych

-ery:  (Middle English, Old French) a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling or condition, place or establishment, goods or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc.(ex: archery; bakery; cutlery; fishery; trickery; witchery).  http://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ery


Diptychery of life, love

Not yin-yang, more like witchery

Potion, poison, talismans

Embossed embedded in symbol

Paintings of Grand Dysfunctional

Pulsing joy and pain, brass-hinged

Together, world gallery’s display…

Others hide, privacy preferred if

Deep-reveals make one too itchery

My brush-stroke words—shot-through

Occasionally graced, by silver threads—

Some days perhaps small claim to poetry

Or mere embarrassed shame-regrets

Two canvases facing forward, latched

Left, subtle-obscure—right, bare authenticity

Hard-raging agony framed, odd-matched

With faith’s beatific smiling verse

How wearying old tears, this journey

Restraining ‘vents’, so little bitchery

On mission of encouragement (rehearse)

© R L Cadillac, 2017 ~ All rights reserved.

Image:  By Probably by Pieter van Coninxloo – 2. National Gallery1. luxfon.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28343076

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14 thoughts on “Diptychery (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 18)

    • Hahahahaha–thanks for your marvelous comment, Paul. To be elevated to the place where I might give a “master class”–even for a short season–that’s done me a world of good tonight. Much appreciated. And I must be tired, as what comes to mind is: “Get thee to a bitchery!” 🙂

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    • Please don’t fret about that, Paul–just breathe easy; whenever they get here, it will be the right time. Honestly, I don’t want you to feel any pressure whatsoever. What I need from you right now, is prayer–I’m about 5 minutes away from announcing my (final) retirement from blogging…and that’s usually not a good thing (for me). Thanks in advance.

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      • oh dear – you are always in my prayers – but surely there’s no (imaginable) reason for final decisions – step away for as long as you need – but please don’t scrap your computer or murder your muse


        • Thanks, Paul–for your prayers, and kind thoughts/words. I’m probably just over tired–“everything” seems to hit like a tsunami under fatigued and holiday conditions. I must have been crazy to undertake not one but 2 April month-long writing challenges…if there’s a next year, I’ll either combine them or just do one. What a goof, huh?! Thanks again 🙂

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