National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #14 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 14 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Write a poem using at least six unusual words beginning with V in a poem at least eight lines long.

I went all out on this one, folks:

Vern the vulturine vivisectionist
wasn’t viremic, as far as he knew
but he couldn’t figure out
whether the pains plaguing him
were visceral or merely ventral

In any event, the vegans
and the votaries present among the völkisch
were certain to vehemently protest
his voracious consumption of imported veal
with a viscous gravy of vague origin—
verboten ist verboten, ja?

And the sweet, vivacious Vivian
(a veritable vixen, in Vern’s eyes)
who earlier approached him
of her own volition
had vacated the premises
at the first vulgarity to assault her vision
(she could not be certain
of its veracity or its veridicality
but was not sticking around
to verify one way or the other)

With no vulneraries at hand—
not even a perfunctory Pepto—
he found himself increasingly vexed and vacillating

Vern very quickly succumbed
to the vagaries of varicose vena cava
facilitating a vicious vasovagal episode
and an unfortunate combination
of voiding, vomiting, and involuntary—
and verily volcanic—convulsions—
all unavoidable, given the circumstances

Unfortunately, resuscitation was complicated
by the varying voltage of the defibrillator

Vern was soon
very dead

Vern’s final verbiage
ventured on vellum:

‘I should’ve had the vinaigrette’

(13 April 2019—posted April 14th)


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