Ain’t Got No Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

First published in Prune Juice #33, March 2021. Originally written in May of 2018. Brad Bennett, in Modern Haiku 52:1, Winter–Spring 2021, has an essay titled “Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia,” about the use of long words in haiku. Also see the “Long Word Song” on YouTube, and a related poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (listen here).       +       +       +       +

      by Alan S. Bridges and Michael Dylan Welch

antidisestab
lishmentarianism
not sure what it means                                                       Alan

        type-type-typing out
        onomatopoeia                                                              Michael

completing
the computed axial tomography
with claustrophobia                                                             Alan

the author’s character’s craving
for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
semiautobiographical                                                          Michael

        sharing
        a cwtch                                                                           Alan

after the doctor says
immunohistochemistry
I hear nothing                                                                       Michael