Half In A Word

This medical prefix literally means half, but is sometimes used to indicate one (not necessarily equal) side.

Saturday Wordplay: Mallet

Like a mallet in my head

Tapping out a rhythm

As it cleaves

Idle thought from reasoned

Playful musings from tortured creativity

Drowsy daydreams from clear strategy

Tap, tap

Tap, tap

Sharply, precisely

Clearing a path

Through the fog of jumbled notions

A vision emerges

At once logical, concrete

And deliciously daring

Grab hold of it

And follow.

via Daily Prompt: Mallet


Joint conditioms

In this tutorial we explore the use of the medical prefix arthr-/arthro-.


On Top Of Things

The prefix “epi-“, commonly used in medical terms, indicates position – relative to other structures¬†or factors.


Saturday Wordplay: Deplete


One step away

From being extinguished

Wrung dry of all vitality

Arguments hoarse and unconvincing

Energized no longer

By passionate convictions

Veins distended with

Cold infusions of doubt

Aspirations one keystroke away

From the “delete” command

Propelled only by

A spark

Inexplicably undimmed –

The expectation

Of overcoming



via Daily Prompt: Deplete


Saturday Wordplay: Inchoate

Barely imagined


In moist, fertile domains

Where fanciful musings


Into lucid thoughts

Seeding ideas

Into the mind’s furrows.


Actions laudable

Or unspeakable

Survivors of relentless weeding

Emerge to face

Sunshine’s scrutiny

And to deposit their fruit

Onto the land

That conceived them.



via Daily Prompt: Inchoate

Fast or Slow

In today’s video tutorial, we look at another pair of medical prefixes with opposite meanings: brady- and tachy-.

Monday Wordplay: Radiant


Not reflecting

But emanating




From within.


Its surroundings

But not dependent

On external conditions

To shine.





via Daily Prompt: Radiant

Something’s Missing Medically

Do you know which medical prefix indicates deficiency or absence? Watch this video to learn how the prefix a- or an- is used in medical terminology.

Sunday Wordplay: Swallow


Swallow it all

Murmurs of complaint

Words of protest

Cutting remarks

That slice and dice.


Use silence

To unsettle

And unbalance, the

Unmoving apathy

That rests

By hardened tradition

On pillows of ease

Wedged firmly between

What is

And what should be.


To win

This asymmetric contest


Positive acts of change

And otherwise


To just swallow.



via Daily Prompt: Swallow