The Day 18 prompt was to write a poem that incorporates neologisms – made-up words. The neologisms could be portmanteaus (a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humour. They can be used to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly. I have written a poem inspired by my day job in IT.
Thank you for ringing IT
Can I help you?
My laptopamob is brokamacated
The monitorlop has turned purpredblupink
and there’s a noise coming from it
There’s thick greybluwhyte smokymisteam
Pouring out of the front
And a smell of burnscorchstinkgus
Pouring out of the back
It’s pretty thermaluswarmhot
I’ve burnlistercated the grabber
On the end of my reachylimb
That’s sounds pretty bad
But I think I know what the problem is
Can you turn it off and back on again please?
Copyright, D M Day, 2017