April is all about poetry – Vol. 1, no. 24





Sometimes poets just enjoy being wordsmiths or word-meisters and we love to play with words, turning them around, viewing them, holding them up, letting the syllables play around our lips, etc.  So with this piece, it’s a play on words and figures of speech that poets and linguists like to dally around with, so here is no. 24 in this series.


‘It’s Greek to Me!’


I look wide-eyed at the strange lettering

stamped on the page.  I know it represents thoughts

and ideas, beautified by figures of speech:

gnomes and similes and allegories and an ordered

protimesis, and bringing words to life by prosopopoeia,

and a wonderful prosapodosis of detail, and looking ahead

by prolepsis ampliatio, and quelling all gainsayers

with prolepsis occupatio and, and, AND, then the polysyndeton.

No ‘ifs, ANDS, or buts about it!’

I breeze through the text until my vision is arrested by Aramaic words that countless translations have

failed to properly explain: ‘Eli, Eli, lamah shebakthani.’

Translated to English, ‘My God!, My God!, Why hast Thou

forsaken Me?’  The Teacher teaching gnomes at death.

The gnome?  Psalm 22:1 begins with His birth, then His life.  Psalm 23

speaks of His Death and finally Psalm 24 speaks of His Glory.  To one just

beginning, it would seem that

the riddle of the Sphinx would be easier.  So as I interpret

my Hermeneia, I leave you as I began,

and reiterate the Epizeuxis,

‘It’s Greek to Me!’


By Janice J. Robinson  © 1995

During the month of April, this writer would like to make available to Chicago poets a place to exhibit some of your poems. Please only submit your own original poems, since you can give permission to publish your work. You can contact this writer at Your poems must glorify the Lord God, or His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ or the Word of God. God Bless you in your endeavors.


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