Often when I'm reading, I come across a word that I would love to use in a poem and make a note of it for future reference. I recently wrote down ‘maladroit’, a word I have seen before, but this was the first time it made an impression on me - it may have been the context or my mood on the day I wrote it down.
The Cambridge English Dictionary defines ‘maladroit’ as an adjective meaning awkward in movement or unskilled in behaviour or action (clumsy) with the following example sentence:
‘She can be a little maladroit in social situations.’
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Like many of the more interesting words in the English language, ‘maladroit’ comes from Old and Middle French: ‘mal’ meaning bad and ‘a droit’ meaning right, direct, straight or properly.
I found a great poem on Poem Hunter by Rebecca Kingswell, entitled ‘Maladroit Mechanisms’, which you can read here: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/maladroit-mechanisms/
This weekend, I would like you to write a new poem with the title ’Maladroit’ which conveys clumsiness, awkwardness and anything associated with that condition or feeling.
Here's a song from the Maladroit album by Weezer:
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Loved the prompt, Kim! ❤️❤️❤️
And you beat me to it with your gem of a poem, Sanaa! :) I've been Miss and Mrs Maladroit all my life, known for being clumsy, always tripping over my own feet and those of others. I just can't do graceful!
It's been a while since we've been to France (2016??) but the "droit" sounded like a driving command to me. Then it came, left and right are "gauche et droite."
This will be a fun little Mini-Challenge write.
Thanks for the challenge, Kim.
So many wonderful options for 'maladroit' ...
Thank you Kim for the "maladroit". It opens up a whole world of things to write about.
This sounds like a fun prompt!
This took me ages! Then my muse woke up! Great prompt, Kim 😊
Joining late... brought you something from the library.
Short and sweet. Thank you. It took me a long time to figure it out - playing LATE
Thank you for making me use maladroit. 😃
Kim, this is such a fantastic word. I remember thinking, I wish I had time for the prompt and sighing. And nope, I really didn't have time for it (but I had to write something anyway... some prompts just refuse to be denied).
Great prompt Kim!
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