THEME : somberness




why not somberism?

Part 1 of 3

Somberness is a theme recently added to the pages featured at Cadent Words. Renamed “somberism” to blend in with the “isms” of the quirky organism I created while trying to organize the pieces I have written, I do realize that somberism isn’t a recognized English word, or that it might even exist as an actual literary term.


As with every category featured in the poem section of Cadent Words, somberism isn’t clearly just about sombre things. It’s as murky as any other category and includes such things as satire, imaginary tales, fantasies, and it relates to realities that touch on what is thought of as the darker side of things.

Catch Part 2 of this 3-part segment on somber themes and thoughts:

so sad and somber

so somberly scary

such stygian somberness

surely shouldn’t be

Part 2 of 3

As difficult as it may be for some to sink into the gloomy depths of somberness, why should we ignore emotions that are considered negative or dark, such as melancholy and wrathfulness?

A typical scene filled with rage and anger – the creative writing pieces I tend to lean towards are not so much evil or having to do with violence, but tend to lean towards darker emotions such as sadness, anger, loneliness and grief.


What would poetry be without the intensity of sombre thoughts and sullen emotions? I sometimes think that’s why poetry was invented.

Be sure to catch the final segment on all things dreich and dreary:

somberly searing

seathingly somber

somberly startled

scarily somber

Part 3 of 3

As I started the week and reached the end of it to finalize the somber pages of these featured highlights, the reality of burning fires, close to and across the shores from where I live, brought the sense of sombre things home.

Not having firsthand experience of living through an actual burning fire, the closest I can relate to it is how the gaseous fumes travel through the air. The distinct smudge of opaque grey makes it impossible to see the shores where the fires are burning, and the sting hits the eyes and nose like a mosquito.


Certainly not as somber or impactful as describing what it would be like to be caught in an actual fire, I’m certainly grateful to not have experienced that and surely hope to never do so.

Catch all features highlighting the theme of somberness – there’s a tenebrific word, a tenebrous drawing, and much more dark matters too!

POEM : stars

WORD : tenebrific

THEME : somberness

DRAWING : tenebrous toes

PHOTO : night sky’s star

COLOUR : sable

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