Tough Terms

Robert_bio_photo_1___version_3__1_by Robert L. Ferrier19 Sep 2014

They nag your pride like gnats
those words you’ve never seen
“neurasthenic” “panegyric” “eclogue”
dropped by a reviewer or columnist
forcing you to find a dictionary:
“contumelious” “declivity” “inconscient”
potholes in the highway of sentences
dragging attention to the rear view mirror
and jarring your front end alignment.