One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Word with Laurie: Miscreant

I always enjoy having the opportunity to read through poems that have been posted to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads' prompts in search of ideas for A Word with Laurie. So far, I've used words from Verse Escape, Confessions of a Laundry Goddess, Skylover and Runaway Sentence. This week, I chose one from our newest member and my dear friend, Buddah Moskowitz of I Hate Poetry. In his latest response to Izy's Doomsday challenge, JC 2.0, miscreants caught my eye. When I asked his permission for this, Mosk said the word was his daughter's favorite insult when she was eight. Hmm... somehow I can relate.

Photo by L. Kolp

The definition, according to

mis·cre·ant (mskr-nt)
1. An evildoer; a villain.
2. An infidel; a heretic

Photo by L. Kolp

Wiktionary's definition of miscreant:
  1. adj. Lacking in conscience or moral principles; unscrupulous.
  2. adj. Holding an incorrect religious belief.
  3. n. One who has behaved badly, or illegally.
  4. n. One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.
  5. n. One who holds an incorrect religious belief; an unbeliever.

Photo by L. Kolp

Now use your imagination and write a poem using miscreant. Perhaps my photos will inspire you. If you use one, all I ask is that you give me proper credit. Here's more of my pictures, if you're interested. Link your piece below and visit others taking part in the challenge.


Fireblossom said...

Kewl. Miscreants. *rubs hands together and cackles*

Susan said...

I too used the word "cackle" today! How exciting. I love words, and herein confess to cruelty in the use of some (now that I have abandoned the game).

Susan said...

PS. I like the new picture with the shy toad.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a very tasty word!
And thank you, Laurie, for putting your pics at our disposal.. I'm thinking in terms of a Sunday feature in the near future too!

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks, Kerry. I'd love that. Today is my daughter's 13th birthday so I'll be in and out... but I will get to everyone's link.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Laurie for the prompt and gracious offer of your pics!!!

Smiles...will be around tonight to read! :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Thanks for this challenge, Laurie. I had entirely too much fun with it.

Daydreamertoo said...

Great word Laurie, have met a few miscreants in my time ;)

Ella said...

This is a great word and your photos do inspire! :D to ponder and gather words...

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks to all of you who've participated and those who will... I'll keep checking!

flipside records said...

I'm in ... but late. Sorry. I got very sidetracked when doing some research for this one. :)

Fireblossom said...

Man, it took me a long time to come up with something for this, but I'm happy with what I finally wrote.

Laurie Kolp said...

I love it, Shay.

I found using miscreant difficult. Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

I gave this a shot, with Laurie's great photo of gulls and the idea of a trail of crumbs.I used your photo, Laurie, hope that I gave the proper credit for that! Posted on my Quillfyre blog at wordpress.


Margaret said...

Laurie... !! I busted my brain over this one! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Laurie, I am here so so late, but I finally was able to come up with something. Thanks for the challenge!

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