Sunday, July 11, 2021

Fickle Words

 


Words linger in silence

Just outside my reach.

Once easily they popped to me,

Now, those damn words will

Scamper and bound away.

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Perhaps what scares me most

Is when the words pause in mid sentence,

Leaving my brain 

To scramble through the files there, 

Searching for the right words.


Words, words, words.

Words that sing and shout.

Words that fly about.

Zing, zap, and zoom.

Winging their way with wonder

Denying grasps, causing gasps

Written in 1971, at college during teacher training.


A writer in a hazy world

Is a sad writer.


31 comments:

  1. How we all fear that loss of words that sometimes comes with age. Words are our lifeline.

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    1. It has been a fear of mine for several years.

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  2. Great poem and even more relevant as we age, right?

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  3. Sigh. I HATE that feeling. And it terrifies me.

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    1. Of all the health issues which come my way, I am terrified to lose my words.

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  4. One of the things I miss most about my mother is when one of us would be writing. The perfect word to convey what we were tying to say. The one writing would call the other and we would toss words back and forth until one of us came up with it. I can't do that with anyone else.

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    1. She was a gift, very in tune with her daughter.

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  5. Sometimes finding the right words is harder than one would think.

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    1. When those words elude me, I tell my husband that I am having a word day. That tells him where my brain is.

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  6. "Just outside my reach." And it's always the word that explains everything you're talking about. Someone's name, the name of a town, the name of the medical procedure you just had, etc.

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    1. Yes! Always the main word. Then I try to cover for that.

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  7. Yeah, I lose words all the time. Especially in front of classes. Helpfully, they'll sometimes provide the word I'm searching for.

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  8. Yeah, I am there. As I type some times I use xxxxx until I think of the word that ran away.
    Losing words writing is bad, but TERRIBLE and embarrassing in normal conversation when a word just flies by, but not long enough for you to use it and it is GONE. I hope to do better or at least learn to lie with it without the accompanying 'self-whipping.'
    Sherry & jack looking for words...

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  9. I have a couple of dictionaries close by, so whenever I can't remember a word I'll look up the closest thing my mind produces. Unless my mind produces nothing, then I'll do something else instead, like watch TV or water the pot plants. The word comes eventually.

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  10. This was beautifully written Susan. I often say I write in edit mode. I have trouble writing a sentence without changing it a bit as I edit it. This was well done, dear.

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  11. I'll have a good idea for a blog post and later when I decide to write I can't think of what words I had easily rambled in my mind earlier! I remember when my Uncle struggled to communicate when he was battling Alzheimer's. A fear many of us have as we age.

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    1. I have had a neurological exam and migraines are responsible for my problems. I am sorry for your Uncle. That is in everyone's struggles.
      I have several journals around my zone.

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  12. Especially if they're a writer at heart and really want to get those words on paper. :) Here to wish you a happy day. :)

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    1. I always enjoy your blog posts!
      Teaching?

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    2. Yes! I had a great year last year...totally made up for that rotten one before. ;) I quit you know, but my mom got very sick (we went out of state to be with her) and Covid hit which made it hard to interview anywhere so I asked for that teaching spot back. Thankfully, my principal is amazing and said yes. :)

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  13. Writer's block can be a problem. Whisky helps.

    God bless.

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  14. Remembering words gets harder every day.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!