Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 2, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Pretty Words

by Eleanor Wylie (1885 – 1928).


Pretty Words


Poets make pets of pretty, docile words:

I love smooth words, like gold-enameled fish

Which circle slowly with a silken swish,

And tender ones, like downy-feathered birds:

Words shy and dappled, deep-eyed deer in herds,                      5

Come to my hand, and playful if I wish,

Or purring softly at a silver disk,

Blue Persian kittens, fed on cream and curds.


I love bright words, words up and singing early;

Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing;                           10

Warm lazy words, white cattle under trees;

I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly,

Like midsummer moths, and honied words like bees,

Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.




  1. “Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing…”

    This is lovely! I really wonder how you find these poems, or rather poets.
    Thank you for sharing this, makes me feel like I writing is a true and treasured gift.

  2. It is getting harder all the time! 😉

    Good to hear from you, Bomi!

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