A Double Whammy Poem #Caboodle #Portmanteau

Tone it Down

You tempted me
hanging there coolly.
Casting shade just the way I liked
in a way that made me want you. 
I filled my eyes
pretended distraction elsewhere
but I kept coming back to you. 
And yet so many others
charmed me too. 
It became harder to choose.
Moments passed.
You like…? asked the man
holding out
cerulean blue
inkwells of ultra-violet
emerald, crimson.
Hues so true my heart sighed.
Just give me the whole caboodle, I said.

© N Nazir 2021

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt: Caboodle, 78 words.

Please also check out my response to last weekend’s Sammi prompt below. I would have posted it earlier but it was fiddly af and I only just got round to finishing it. I have numbered each sentence so it’s easier to follow, and also included the verse below.

Erasure Poem #37, ink on photocopy paper, © N Nazir 2021

The rightful owner of this portmanteau
is nimbly devouring
the hopes we find so comforting.

He made an ass of me.
What ist thou doing now
we must go and ponder on the mountain,
how to bring him to heel.

He is a master of misdemeanour.
The goatherd knows it too.
By the way,
have you seen my mule?

© N Nazir 2021

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt: Portmanteau, 59 words (25-26 Sept 2021)

16 thoughts on “A Double Whammy Poem #Caboodle #Portmanteau

    1. Thanks so much, Keith! It had me in mind of Blackadder by the time I finished it (2 days on and off)! I saw the word portmanteau in a book at random and couldn’t let it lie 😂 Glad you liked it.


  1. Gwil.

    Two spectacular poems! 👏👏 The craftsmanship of Portmanteau is particularly impressive. As ever, I can’t wait to read more of your work.

    Have a great week my friend,
    Keep fighting the good fight,
    Gwil. X

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend! 😊 I always appreciate your lovely visits! ☀️

      And I will. You too. “And the nights will flame with fire. It’s the only good fight there is.”



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