The Hippanthrope

Devin Coldewey, at, has a feature called Coldewey’s Curiosities, one of which is unfamiliar words. Included are the following:


Hippanthrope: one who believes himself a horse.


Pullulate: to breed or bud


Guimpe: a type of garment covering the neck and shoulders.


Incondite: crudely or poorly constructed or composed.


A horse I am but I would hope

That makes me not a hippanthrope

For as a horse I’d surely hate

To think I’d have to pullulate

With one who thinks that skimpiness

Includes a full length guimpe dress

And so alone night after night

I fashion verse that’s incondite