John le Carré’s Vocabulary*

He had a rictal response
to so much video venery
he actually got bleery
and had a hard time
putting his plimsolls
on his soles
so he could run
through the coppice
and past
the borstal
with young offenders all.
A harridan
yelled at him
and every other man —
one of whom
was a lapidary
taking a break from
polishing the gems
for a fun run
with his friends.

*italicized words I had to
look up from A Legacy of Spies
by John le Carré.

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