Greetings and salutations to my fellow quarantined companions! How we all doin' today?! That good, huh? Yep, same here. Which pretty much means we're all rapidly hurtling towards the inevitable insanity that results from a severe case of the doldrums. That's an actual diagnosis my friends. Feel free to Google it. Ahem. Moving on, to distract ourselves from the horrors of full blown insanity, I thought I'd offer this here archaic vernacular challenge. Now, if you're sitting there scratching your head and thinking "what the heck did she just say?!" please allow me to clarify: "archaic vernacular" essentially means "old words." Yep, that's about it. We all know the familiar ones, such as thy, thou, thine, thee, nay, ergo, hence, ye, thyself, hitherto, and whatnot, but down below I've jazzed things up a bit with a whole list of other old words that most of us probably haven't even heard of. Please proceed.
RULES: Perhaps the most important rule (that very few have been adhering to) is that this challenge must be no more than 20 lines total. PLEASE RESPECT THAT. Beyond that, use the archaic word list below to create a poetic piece on the topic of your choosing. Again, no more than 20 lines total. No plagiarism, foul language, hate speech, nude/inappropriate images, etc. One submission per participant, and must be penned in ye olde English only please, 'cause that's all that ye olde hostess is fluent in. If you need an example or motivation, have a look at anything at all by Shakespeare; or you can check out my recent post on my lovenotes_from_carolyn account, titled "Behold the Fairies."
ARCHAIC TERMS LIST: Choose as many terms as you like to create your poem of 20 lines or less.
-Afore : before -Agone: ago -Alack: expression of sorrow or regret -Anon: at once; immediately -Aye: yes -Belike most: likely; probably -Betwixt: between -Eftsoons: soon after -Ere: before -Erelong: before long; soon -Erewhile: until now -Eventide: end of day, evening -Eyne: eyes -Forby: past; near -Forsooth : in truth; indeed -Forthwith: immediately -Gardyloo: warning cry -Hark: to pay close attention to -Hath: have -Heretofore: until now -Howbeit: although -Ifsoever: if ever -Inly: Inwardly -Lackaday: expression of regret -Mayhap: Perhaps -Methinks: I believe, I think -Morrow: the next day -Nary: not a single one, not at all -Natheless: nevertheless -Nigh: nearly, almost -Nowise: not at all -Od: mild oath -Prithee: expression of wish or request -Somewither: someplace, somewhere -Soothly: in truth; truly -Sweven: a vision seen in sleep, a dream -Twain: two -Usward: toward us -Verily: truly, certainly -Whence: from which, from where -Wist: to know -Yon: yonder, over there
DURATION: The challenge will be open for 24 hours from the time of posting. It's officially closed when it says "1d" in the upper right hand corner of this post.
Recently, the pandemic has offered me the perfect opportunity to binge watch my favorite Netflix series called "Reign." It's a semi-factual portrayal of the life of Queen Mary of Scotland, set in the 16th century. As one would expect, it features all sorts of royals, monarchs, noblemen and women, ladies in waiting, knaves and knights, courtesans, peasants, villains and villagers, friends and foes, the occasional mystic or seer, and even a swashbuckling pirate or two. There's romance, mystery, mayhem, intrigue, luxury, wealth, splendor, poverty and one gripping cliffhanger after another. Now before you go telling me that I'm addicted, I'd like to point out that I'm already well aware of that, thank you! Ahem... Anywhooo, my appreciation for the show led me to an idea for a challenge. Rules to follow.
In 40 lines or LESS (BUT NOT MORE) write an exciting, entertaining, poetic tale about royals/monarchs (including kings, queens, princes, princesses, and any of those other folks I mentioned above). It doesn't have to be factual, but can be if you prefer. I'll provide a suitable word list below that you're welcome to utilize which is optional, not mandatory. Submissions must be penned in English because it's the only language I'm completely fluent in. No foul language or inappropriate images, and absolutely positively NO plagiarism.
OPTIONAL WORDS TO USE: Please check definitions for proper use.