COGNATES

I opine
the opinion
I pine for.

design
the assignment
I sign for.

so amen
to the mentor
I mentioned

who tended
the tenders
intentions

the suit suing
Susan
my suitor

tut-tutted
the tutu of
her tutor

in scripture
the scribes
and scriptwriters

typically
type on
typewriters

utterances
utterers
utter

are better batter
than bitter
butter

I posted
a ripping
riposte

so the toaster
who toasted
was toast

as rummagers
romped in the
romage

the management
managed
the damage

and his poodle
piddled
a puddle

as his noodle
unfuddled
the muddle

the carnival
carney ate
chili con carne

the quester
requested
con queso

bards
blared blather
and blarney

and Pedro
pinched
every peso

did
Dillinger
dilly or dally

did Raleigh
ralph
at the rally

thank God
here’s the
cognate finale