MEAN WHAT YOU SAY… SORT OF – PROMPT #98

The last time out, we gave you a list of words and asked you to use your thesaurus to find alternate words (synonyms) with which to write your poem. Today  we dip back in to find something contrary (antonyms) to the words provided. And once again use these to write your poems. The words come from “The Stories of John Cheever.”

THE LIST

impair                     timidity

chaste                             sober

power                           loudly

angel                transparent

skulduggery          problem

MARIE ELENA’S CHALLENGE:

Relatively Speaking (a haibun)
 
Before the sun rises, he starts his day with strong coffee and a shot glass.  He is soft-spoken and trustworthy; never lewd nor aggressive.  Incompetence is not in his nature.  From dark to dark, he drinks hard, yet works hard – finding solutions where others stumble; aiding those in need, giving no heed to whether they be angel or devil, “deserving” or not.  He battles his own demons, and judges not his fellow man.
 
I’ve never known him
Not inebriated,
Yet never known him drunk
 
 © Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013
 
Impair:  aid   Timidity:  aggression  Chaste: lewd  Sober:  drunk, inebriated  Power:  incompetence  Loudly:  softly
Angel: devil, demon  Transparent: dark  Skulduggery: trustworthiness  Problem:  solution
 

WALT’S DILEMMA:

THAT VOICE IN YOUR HEAD

The solution is not an easy fix,
but it’s the concrete truth.
It’s just a weakness that’s been exposed
quite early in your youth.
“It takes some guts to get spoiled drunk!”
whispered your demon; devil punk.

 

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik 2013

Replaced with these words: impairfix, timiditygutschastespoiled, soberdrunkpowerweakness, loudlywhispered, angeldemon, transparentconcrete, skulduggerytruth, problemsolution