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Monday Poetry Prompt: Redivivus

This week let’s write a poem the includes the word redivivus. I was tidying up my night stand after it avalanched onto me overnight and near the bottom I found a book entitled The Superior Person’s Book of Words by Peter Bowler. It’s a glossary of unusual, obsolete or overly specific English words. I picked a random page and found the word redivivus. Here’s Mr. Bowler’s entry:

adj. Restored to life, or to full liveliness. Use after the noun, and preferably after an incongruously non-classical noun. If, for example, your name is Boggins, you might emerge from your shower, taken after a hard day’s gardening, and cry to your wife: “Behold! Boggins redivivus!”

Straight-forward enough, right? Seems like it would be a natural fit for the poem’s title but don’t let my opinion influence you overly. Sorry, I couldn’t find a more illustrative picture. Post your revival in the comments below.


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.


12 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Redivivus

  1. Redividus, the pig
    who was revived by OrganEx
    did he dream of corn cobs or girl pigs
    in his extra few hours of life

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Second Act Blogger | August 26, 2022, 5:30 PM
  2. The malcontents are always yearning
    for glory days gone bye
    for an America redivivus
    with glower and brawn they try

    Then there those who never had
    the sweetness of the fruited plain
    they look in the eyes of fortuitous sons
    see not their reflection but more of the same

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Chris Clarke | August 24, 2022, 11:34 AM
  3. Redivivus, the Woman!

    Aesthetic bias may have seemed to deprive us
    of feminine redivivus
    but the long wearing identity crisis
    developed to drive us
    toward the anything but vindictiveness
    yet, tongue-in-cheek,
    more like an girlish acquisitiveness
    which led, you could say, to the omega virus
    of gained sovereignty –
    of course, for all dripping Bogginses –
    positively without restrictiveness.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by ts19page | August 22, 2022, 12:11 PM
  4. mr boggins
    emerged from the shower
    all red and rosy
    redivivus he cried
    raising his clenched fist
    like samurai warrior
    mrs boggins fainted on the spot
    she knew this would happen one day
    t’was those little blue pills
    at her age all she wanted
    peace and quiet in her life

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Rall | August 22, 2022, 7:58 AM

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