Dictionary Elles

Posting the poem that is in the Hessler Street Fair Anthology, 2016 (edited by John Burroughs and published by Crisis Chronicles Press) as well as in this author’s poetry book, Three Breaths just for you, Jane.

Dictionary Elles


Lewd, lascivious, licentious, lustful, libertine…

Who found them?

Was it Christy?


Or, perhaps, another?

No matter, we learned them

Different words with subtle nuances

All with the same meaning


We knew them, used them

We were the Dictionary Girls

Virgins all,

Dateless on Saturday nights.


We believed our teachers,

The ones who said,

“If you use a word ten times,

The word is yours forever.”


And we made them ours,

Lewd, lascivious, licentious, lustful, libertine.

It became our mantra; each having her favorite


Mine, licentious…

I loved the sound, the feeling of it in my mouth

Feline, lithe, lean, and smoldering,

A svelte woman in a skinny black dress.


We’re grown now,

Having lived the lustful life of the mind

Still Dictionary Girls

…and have become, in turn,

Lewd, lascivious, licentious, lustful libertines

At times.

but mostly we are just

Dictionary Girls.


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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2 Responses to Dictionary Elles

  1. Jane Wilson says:

    This is so great! Thanks for sharing it!

    Liked by 1 person

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