— by Sabio Lantz, April 2015
Prompt: Anna, at the d’Verse Poets Pub, challenges us to “Try building a poem around your favorite word or collecting your vocabulary before writing your verses. Do all your choices add up to create a greater aesthetic whole?”
Notes: So, following Anna’s prompt, my favorite word is “En” — it is the only word in the poem that is not an English word. Yep, all the others are words from other languages imported into English — in the English dictionary. So my favorite words are these words imported to English from languages other than main sources of Latin, Greek, French or German.
See my diagram here showing the history of languages imported into English — including “jungle”, “typhoon”, “pajamas” and the linked ones. And though I don’t expect many readers to click, I offer links to explain these words.
I coined the title word of the poem, of course, it is from Greek. Xeno = foreign, Logo = Word, Philia = love: The Love of Foreign Words.