Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Almost words

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Almost word, almost name.
Buzzing, flitting--
Out of reach.
Evading defiantly:
A drunken gnat of memory.

Tantalizing with maybe,
Could be, almost…

Sleep descends,
Eyes heavy in a curtain of dark.
Hidden letters a-b-c stretch out,
Swatting the inebriated midge.

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The almost-name, almost-word
Rises from the hazy smoke
Of buried, cluttered

Memory.

31 comments:

  1. Just about got it, damn I know its there

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  2. hate when you know it but can't recall it

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  3. Right on the tip of your tongue but tangled around your eye teeth...darn it.

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    1. I've had the word mere seconds before, but then it disappears. Love "tangled around your eye teeth"!

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    2. Ooops. Meant to do something else.

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    1. It describes my struggles and frustration. I was relieved to hear that this is a common problem!

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  5. Struggling with some changes made somehow on my comment section. I used to receive your comments in my email. Now I can't. Any suggestions?

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  6. Words are often buried in the porridge in my head. I know they are in there, but I can't reach them. And mime is useless on the phone.
    You are soooo not alone here.

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    1. Nice to know I am a member of a big set of memory-challenged bloggers!

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  7. A drunken gnat of memory ~ I hope I will not forget that phrase. ~ Brilliant.

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    1. It so describes my battle! On occasion there are annoying tiny gnats that flit about our house (my entomologist son tells my they are CO2 gnats that like to hang out around your face to catch the exhale) Never can catch and kill them.

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  8. This so reminds me of awakening from the stroke and fighting for language. Every noun vanished. I wrote the ones I wrested from the vapors in a note book and reread them often. Some of my best friends smiled days later, when they found me talking around a word to close in on it. I was the queen of adjectives and a lot of gerunds and participles, too. To my great delight, months later I learned one of my very best friends never knew and her daughter, skilled in the English language, did. Great poem.

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  9. Oh, Joanne. For one so gifted with words, the struggle must have been horrible for you. Full recovery is a blessing. thank you for sharing this with other bloggers.

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  10. Congratulations! You have just perfectly described my blog post writing process! I'm glad there's another sufferer out there ...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! We are all part of Almost Word club.

      I just went to your site, and am advising readers to go there. Awesome!

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  11. That first image looks like the swarms of whiteflies that flit about every time I brush against my bean or tomato plants.

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    1. Long ago, I opened the cabinet where baking goods were kept. A flood of grain moths poured out. It was awful.

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  12. PS; I cheat and use a dictionary to look up the word that is in my mind, the definition often brings the word I'm looking for to mind.

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    1. That is not cheating! That is survival in the word world.

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  13. Ah this is so frustrating sometimes isn't it?? Love the way you captured it here.

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    1. If only I could capture the words when I need them.

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  14. Oh, I know the feeling. You expressed it so beautifully here. I constantly find myself trying to extract that one thing I want to say from the vapor that is memory.

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    1. "Vapor that is memory"--how well written!!

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  15. That word on the tip of your tongue. A memory so elusive. Go through the letters of the alphabet and see if that triggers the thought. Sometimes things can really bug and then, it flies into our head.

    Nicely done, Susan.

    Gary :)

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  16. This came out so nice. And I love the background on your blog!!

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