• RENAY INTISAR JIHAD

What Kind of Wordsmith Are You?

A word miner?

Searching for words in deep dark deep caves

Turning coal into diamonds

Exploring dolomite quarries

in writing fragments or waves.

Searching for your personal rockface.



A word junky?

Scratching, scrambling, begging all day.

The streets and alleys of the mind crave

words that can state a foggy case.

From a smoky joint barfed is

the best word cracked from slumber’s maze.

Word-a-holic overdoses on craft.




A word collector?

Jotting down words that other’s mention.

Collecting words from signs, books, magazines,

And Internet connections.

Used words and phrases - your best bargain deals.

Words clutter the journals;

few have any creative appeal.



A word crafter?

Creating novel words from ideas,

concepts, and slang like an artist works.

Weaving spellings and meanings together

like a quilter’s mosaic bursts.

Abstract artist, cartoonist, sketcher,

Yo, original words created by you first.



A word whisperer?

Natural bond with the words he speaks.

Mysterious trickster with words,

born able to hear them breathe.

Can wave them like a wand and cast enchanted spells.

Words are the real black magic,

when the word whisperer shares his tales.



A word catcher?

Put the feather in your cap.

Harness the wind of every emotion

when the breeze under your wing flaps.

The dreams you deem are real, come

to life with the stroke of a pen.

You know the end, before the beginning

and your dreams are as real as Tao’s Zen.



A word dreamer?

Capture words heard deep in sleep.

Waking up at 3:00 am. to ink the spins.

Haunting R.E.M. – but too good to let vanish.

Must keep every one of them to memories graveyard

can’t let them vanish.

Tossing and turning – what does this dream mean, man.

Just write the dog on words down, figure it out later If I can.

Could be useful in the next scene I slam.



A word drifter?

Whatever the boat floats at any time and place.

Wherever the train stops – no plan, rhyme, reason, case.

However the plane flies, through rain, snow, sleet, hail.

Whoever you are at the moment,

you’ll take it and write from that rail.

Traveling without a vision or mission – constantly derailed.



A word gardener?

Planting the seeds in deep rich soil.

Nurturing it daily with nutrients, water, love.

Pruning it regularly, even speaking out loud.

Weeding it of and pruning brings out the best

In what is produced.

Your produce will make you proud.


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