An Archive of Consonants
cud n. partly digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminants to the mouth for further chewing.
words like cud, cud-like words must be ruminated
gadlfy n. a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly.
a good gadfly returns to its prey
having gone astray
no longer possessed or retained
chinaberry n. a tall tree which bears fragrant lilac flowers and yellow berries, native to Asia and Australasia.
an emerald-bellied hummingbird gets drunk on the endocarp of a Chinaberry
jetsam n. unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel.
a ship-like body expels aspiration like jetsam
unable to find one’s way
temper v. act as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something)
a chord is tempered with
no longer belonging to
disembodied v. to divest (a soul, spirit, etc.) of a body.
sound is disembodied
not used to good purpose, as opportunities, time; wasted
distracted; distraught; desperate; hopeless
no longer possible or open to
thaw v. (of a part of the body) become warm enough to stop feeling numb.
an ear thaws under duress
the d. used with an adjective to refer to those people who are of the type described.
the phonemes, diachronically displaced
naevus n. a birthmark or a mole on the skin, especially a birthmark in the form of a raised red patch.
a tongue-like naevus, disinfected, surgically removed
purge v. rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition.
one purges herself of pollutants
fulcrum n. a thing that plays a central or essential role in an activity, event, or situation.
if speech is the fulcrum of being, what happens when you are at loss
burr n. a prickly seed case or flower head that clings to clothing and animal fur.
meaning sticks to you like burr
murrain n. redwater fever or a similar infectious disease affecting cattle or other animals.
the exorcism is interrupted by a murrain-like plague
yours possessive pronoun. used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing.
but in time, everything that was once mine will be yours
ruminant n. an even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprise the cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives.
unlike a ruminant, I do not have the stomachs for…
liminal a. relates to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced’
woo v. seek the favour, support, or custom of.
I have wooed this mind into being singular
shame n. a person, action, or situation that brings a loss of respect or honour.
shame has died and so have the potted plants
ending in or attended with defeat
supplant v. supersede and replace.
the acquired has supplanted the innate
hull n. The outer covering of a fruit or seed, especially the pod of peas and beans, or the husk of grain.
the remnants have been discarded, like hull
no longer able to understand
bewildered, as to place
unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts
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Itisha Giri is a poet of Nepali and Indian origin based in Madrid, whose work has appeared in literary journals such as La.Lit, Of Nepalese Clay, and in The House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal. Giri was invited as a guest poet to the Mediterranean Poetry Festival in Mallorca, and her poems have been translated into Catalan and Galician. She is the editor of poetry anthology These Fine Lines: Poems of Restraint and Abandon, published by SAFU, and she currently works as an assistant editor of poetry for La.Lit; an international literary magazine published in Kathmandu.