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Unscrambled challenge

By D.K. ShepardPublished about a month ago Updated 29 days ago 1 min read
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Wordsmithing, writing's origin

Tongs hoisting rigid iron rods

Down into storming hot iris

Swing with strong might into midnights

Sigh on, not siring sword or rings

Showing wisdom hiding within

Writhing, ogrish sight in its worst

Grows to wits with wings, rising song

Tiring wrist drowns sown insight

In moist indigo, misting snort

Smog ghost grins, hints to things most dim

Now this word string is in right rows

Shorn its thorns its downright striding

To stir minds with moths sworn to winds

Wishing snow or towns worn to twigs

Wordsmith grinds whims writ into worth

Author’s Note: Very honored that this poem was selected as a 1st place winner in Heather Hubler’s challenge! Check out the other winners linked in the story below!

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About the Creator

D.K. Shepard

Character Crafter, Witty Banter Enthusiast, World Builder, Unpublished novelist...for now

Fantasy is where I thrive, but I like to experiment with genres for my short stories. Currently employed as a teacher in Louisville.


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  • Priscilla Bettis4 days ago

    Wow, that was an impressive word game/puzzle/poem!

  • L.C. Schäfer27 days ago

    Wow that's clever! Don't think I've seen one like that before!

  • Hannah Moore29 days ago

    Oh yes. I see the glint of gold here!

  • Gina C.29 days ago

    This is so beautifully done! Those words and phrases are so odd and perfect - I especially loved "Down into storming hot iris" 😍 Magnificient poem! Congratulations on the win!

  • Christy Munson29 days ago


  • Dana Crandell30 days ago

    A well-deserved win! I'm actually impressed with how many words aren't in bold, and the poem flows incredibly well. Defintely the right choice!

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Well...I am sorry I missed this when you first posted it. I can see why this won. Heather chose well. This is just...I oddly don't have the words lol. The flow is bloody perfect...the fact that it is littered with unscrambled words...that it stays on theme and by using unscrambled words almost exclusively is by definition wordsmithing at its finest. DK, my hat off to you for this one. Bloody genius. And all those times I've said bloody. Please read as fucking. lol. I am impressed. Like a lot. I've always known from my dive into your work, that you were great...but...yeah...I'll shush now. Congrats!

  • Well deserved win in Heather’s challenge ✅

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Wow. This is excellent. Wordsmithing indeed. Congrats.

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Feels both classic and fresh... Excellent choice for a win!!!

  • Sandra Matosabout a month ago

    Congratulations on winning Heather's challenge! It was a well-deserved win!

  • Heather Hublerabout a month ago

    I'm so blown away by your entry!! You wordsmithed the hell out of this piece! And that last line was gold :) Thank you so much for participating. I loved your entry!!

  • Extremely impressive entry… an excellent reason why I don’t read any entries before I have an attempt, or I’d chicken out!😵‍💫🤣✅

  • TheSpinstressabout a month ago

    Wow, almost the whole poem is bold! This is really creative. =D

  • John Coxabout a month ago

    Simply amazing, DK, how fruitful your word choice was and how few words you needed beyond the plethora of words generated. Well done!

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Lovely !

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Whoaaaa, you used sooooo many words! This was freaking fantastic!

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    Well, that's an exercise in how to do it! I have one started but think that may be where it stays!

  • Silver Serpent Booksabout a month ago

    This was a very fun read! I loved the word choice. A perfect snapshot of wordsmithing.

  • Penny Fullerabout a month ago

    Wow! Almost every word! This perfectly captures the inner process. This was really lovely and incredibly well done.

  • Gabriel Huizengaabout a month ago

    This is AWESOME- vivid, and effective word choices, and with such a good flow to it, I'd love to hear it spoken aloud! Magnificent wordsmithing :)

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