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 unique 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 – an artists at work
Weaving spellings and meanings together
like a quilter’s mosaic bursts
Abstract artist, cartoonist, sketcher,
Original works created by you first.
A word whisperer?
Natural bond with the words she 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 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. – too good to let vanish
No memory graveyard can let them run
Tossing and turning – what does this dream mean?
Just write the words down, figure it out later if you can
Could be useful in the next scene you 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.