This is a poem written off of another prompt on Scott Woods’ journal. Today’s prompt: write a poem that is a letter to an old teacher. Enjoy.


Dear Mr. Kinney: thank you for giving
me Excalibur – the knowledge of great words
and how to use them. You showed the living
soul of advanced vocabulary heard

never before by sixth grade ears: words such
as “potentate”. You called them “college words”
and gave a weekly list to study, much
to the chagrin of some – but I loved words

with power and meaning. They were weapons
of mass creation, language swords which spurred
me to arrange them in poetic configurations
and proper prose. So what if I’m a nerd:

For I wield a vocabulary sword.
Thank you, teacher, for an ageless reward.

Written 6/10/08
© 2008 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

Stumble It!

Stumble It!


About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
This entry was posted in Nicholsonian Sonnet, People, Poems, Prompt Poems, Sonnet and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Excalibur

  1. MysticWino says:

    Nice use of the sonnet! Very nice. My thanks and a salute to Mr. Kinney as well. Teachers are heroes in their own rights – especially those who have a true calling for it.
    I thought the metaphor quite fresh and charming – no – ENCHANTING. This poem gave me immense joy (and I’m cranky as a starved rat this morning!).

  2. Wow! Coming from you, this compliment means a lot. I had backed off from sonnets, but decided to be brave enough to try the form.

    Thanks for stopping by.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s