I find poetry an intriguing artistic way of expressing ideas, dreams, anger, longing, and visions. The potentially prolific power of poetry intrigues me. Webster’s dictionary has twelve definitions for the word intrigue. Let’s dissect the meanings and potential uses of the word and contemplate how those meaning might transform life and the future.


  1.  Verb (used with object), in·trigued, in·tri·guing.

to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.

     For me, this definition’s beauty is the inherent blending of creativity, math, and science that ends in NEW! I love the potential of a new story. Or even better, lots of new adventures that are fascinating and compel the masses to strive towards universal liberation of all—Having the freedom to choose your passion and live it! One way to this is by piquing others’ curiosity in ways that arouse their desire and ignite their passion; for example, your brother and your sister. Every last one.

  • Verb to achieve or earn by appealing to another’s curiosity, fancy, or interest: to intrigue one’s way into another’s notice.

     Consider what YOU could possibly do to inspire your neighbor’s, brother’s, sister’s, or enemy’s strengths—maybe get them focused on what they are passionate about, the thing that when they are engaged, time slips away.

  • Noun the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems.

     Getting somebody to open their mind or redirect their energy and attention is not always an easy task. Talk to a few elementary school teachers about those techniques—underhanded does not need to be painful or violent. I used to tell my sons that folding socks was the “sock matching game.” At the time, they bought into the game, and when they called my bluff, I bought boatloads of the same socks to share. It didn’t stop them from wearing my pink socks. Don’t forget that underhanded can be a two-way street. Just be nice.

  • Noun such a machination or stratagem or a series of them; a plot or crafty dealing: political intrigues.

     For me, poetry has become an entertaining and intrinsic reflex—the play on words and rhyme schemes can be quite fun—Even challenge the poetry reader to contemplate what the author might mean or consider how the poem might integrate into their life experiences. This is the potentially prolific power of poetry.

     Now, if we were prolific producers helping transform our neighbor’s, we could all get home faster: I don’t know about anybody else, but I would rather be a pro at removing lif’s ic so I can get home!

IC, IC, let’s get home quick and be done with sick!

Any takers?

The potentially PROLIFIC Power of Poetry

Prolific – adjective

  1. producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful: a prolific pear tree. (check)
  2. producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive: a prolific writer.
  3. profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of): a bequest prolific of litigations.
  4. characterized by abundant production: a prolific year for tomatoes.

     Once a Catholic priest asked me once where my fruit was? While I am uncertain if he was being funny or didn’t know who he was talking to, but here’s a taste of my prolific poetic fruit:

The Key

The wind, the palm leaves, waving in the sea breeze

The rustling noises indicating things they have openly seen

Hanging above the seats and the beaches

Peeping on people entirely out of reach

The waves beyond

Whitecaps crashing

noising a voice as if hollering back

Chattering with palms

about people’s odd sounds:

Video games, a cheater, kid’s teachers,

catalogs, phone calls, meat-eaters

Recipes, music beats, weekend retreats,

holiday plans & brother’s sleight of hand

That’s at the tables of lunch guests who decided they know best!

A diet, street riots, mixing drinks,

Grandma’s clogged sink

Silly rules, government fools &

the beach goer’s castle tools

This chatter hardly matters

but it keeps the waves busy

while making conversation with the trees as the palm leaves

spin in the breeze

The water blue, with caps white

make me wonder what they hide

under their toupees so wide:

The little sponge

A sand dollar disk

or jellyfish?

At the end of the day

When people go away

The creatures come out to play

The trash the people leave

cause disease and make it hard

for the creatures to breath

The crab not at risk

his pinchers ready

He’s brisk at the attack

and always fights back

to protect his friends

from a bag made of plastic

and the bottle emptied by strangers

who slur words before falling in the water

causing the little crustaceans to scatter

The people all gone

now nature carries on

cleaning up the mess

and renewing

what God blessed

The seaweed collects debris gathered

while the sponges filter water

as the land creatures ponder

how to deal with the trash people scattered.

Photos by Maria Elena ZuñigaNOAAShawn RodgersVincent van ZalingeTim MossholderJeffrey Hamilton | Unsplash