The Right Word

I wonder

Is there a better word than dappled

For the way the sunlight plays through the trees, speckling the road?

Variegated is all wrong; unless one is speaking of yarn,

And motley only makes me think of clowns or crews.

Discolored doesn’t work, suggesting there’s been a mistake, and make no mistake–

Dappling is perfection; poetry in shadowy motion.

Flecked? Checkered? Parti-colored? No!

Stippled? Perhaps. I could work with stippled.

Still, dappled comes to mind first, when I crest a hill and see the canopy of trees

Filtering the light on a sun-kissed day, painting abstract patterns on the pavement

And peace in my soul.

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

18 thoughts on “The Right Word”

    1. I used to work for a small newspaper, and in the beginning it’d take me forever to write a piece because I’d get hung up on trying to find the right word. My editor, who was a dear friend, would tell me as the publishing deadline approached to “just pick any damned word for f*ck’s sake!”

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  1. I absolutely love this, the picture, and the poetry about trying to find words that describe it, too cool! That’s one of my favorite natural effects, and it’s always a challenge to find ways to explain it!

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