I would love to go to Snardiff
on the rhambangle train
but I’ve heard that in Snardiff
it’s likely to rain
cats and dogs,
if it’s not spitting
leaves or feathers;
it’s known to the locals
as snardiffanous weather.

If I don’t go, it’s no calamity
because it’s dry and warm at home
and full of lalamity:
it’s likely there’ll be
cocoa and warm furry slippers,
stories by the fire
and sometimes buttered  kippers –
and I don’t have to wrangle
with umbrellas and zippers.

Kim M. Russell, 2016


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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Stuff and Nonsense

Rommy is our host and wants to steer today’s prompt in a light-hearted direction. She says art doesn’t have to be serious to be meaningful. Sometimes a smile or even a full belly laugh can be more healing than sombre contemplation. So she has created three nonsense words to incorporate in our poems: 

snarfdiffanous, rhambangle and lalamilty. 

If none of these words tickle our muse she has invited us to make up a nonsense word of our own. The goal is to use them to create something that feels innocent or child-like. And if we can be a bit silly or funny, it’s a bonus. We must incorporate it in a new poem created for this prompt.

32 thoughts on “Snardiffanous

    1. I suppose it must have been , in a subconscious way, but it came directly from the word given by Rommy in the challenge, ‘snardiffanous’. I think Norfolk has more rain than Wales. Every time I’ve been to Cardiff, at least twice a year for the past three years, it’s been beautifully sunny!


  1. I LOVE it! Besides being perfectly in the spirit of the prompt, I love how you’ve taken the words and really conjured up visuals that feel substantial despite the nonsense, to create something that really speaks of the comforts of home.

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