September 28, 2022

SEP 28, poets' corner: editorial balking

 

EDITORIAL BALKING

Lexicographers routinely squawk,

At key words picked late and ad hoc.

'Undefined' poems never

(Though their wordplay is clever)

Get approved. Eds aren't moved, so they balk.

Author's Note:
This verse bypasses the requirement at OEDILF for 'definition', in favor of the more reasonable targets of 'exemplification' and 'entertainment'. The author points out hesitatingly that 17 prior 'balk-verses' in OEDILF's data-base (as of 2022) altogether provide minimal definition of the many meanings of this puzzling word.

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