Nigh Not Nearly My Forte

Today I have a bit of fun with two pairs of synonyms:

The words nigh and near
synonyms, and yet just one
sizzles and sings.

Near merely describes,
while the soaring nigh evokes —
close but no cigar.

But don’t pity near
it verbs — something nigh can’t do.
This verse now burned out.


Metier, I hear,
is a forte synonym.
What a grand duo —
one traded for the other —
pianometier music.


(Pompted by nigh from Haiku Heights and Weekend Theme’s metier.)

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15 Responses to “Nigh Not Nearly My Forte”

  1. Your first poem is brilliant, witty as usual. The second left me confused – métier means career or vocation and another meaning is frame (as in weaving frame). Aha. Viv is slow on the uptake – maybe the “I hear” is like you have in crossword clues, and you are talking “meatier” or stronger.!

  2. Hansi says:

    First poem was good, really good. Love your wit :)

  3. Rajlakshmi says:

    awesome … thats a very clever write… loved the word play
    beautifully written

  4. Stan Ski says:

    You play those words so well!!!

  5. Jingle says:

    sizzle and sing..

    fun word play.

  6. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your kind words.

    Vivienne, you’re sort of right and sort of wrong. “Hear” was a clue indeed. But while “meatier” would have been clever of me, I never thought of it. :) Instead, I was playing with the fact that forte and metier are synonyms. But that forte also is a musical term, meaning loud. And the old musical instrument called pianoforte, literally means soft/ loud. So I then replaced forte with metier, turning it into pianometier. Just some silly playfulness.:)

  7. Nimue says:

    you told well the difference of near and nigh .. took me a bit to understand it last night from web !

  8. madkane says:

    Thanks, Nimue!

  9. Amanda says:

    Creative as always love the wit! Have to check out this prompt (like I need another hahahaha)

  10. sideview says:

    That was fun, thanks for playing with us, I hope you will do so again

  11. Cindy Taylor says:

    A delightful take on the theme.

  12. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, everyone!

  13. trisha says:

    fabulous. just loved the interesting information playfully shared in the poem.

    free soul

  14. Veralynne Pepper says:

    Love watching your words sing and dance!

  15. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Trisha and Veralynne!