Today’s prompt can get wild and crazy. The biggest challenge is to have the poem not sound like a dictionary [unless you want it to].
‘Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.’
After jotting down definitions for my words, I was taken with the list and did not continue to further devolve? evolve? the definitions. Instead I used the definitions, example sentences, and synonyms provided by the dictionary, for the words in my original phrase.
The poem and the phrase, as title:
The Big Bang Theory
He was a big man in his field:
the theory that there is life on other planets;
considerable in extent and intensity
important, as in power, influence, standing
(elder) generous, magnanimous,
(large, as in size, height, width)
conceited and unduly self-confident
big enough to know better)
a big liar; a big success.
On a grand scale,
of major concern,
a big problem.
He started with a sudden movement, a show of energy
(a sudden intense pleasure, thrill, excitement).
Loudly, abruptly, violently, she fell against the wall,
a resounding stroke, a blow: a nasty bang on the head,
a loud, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun
A door closed noisily,
an exclamation point.
My theory is he never stops to think,
a speculative view, a guess.
The San Francisco Chronicle T.V. Guide