“I fell in love – that is the only expression I could think of – at once and I am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy.” – Dylan Thomas
This quote made me think of when I actually fell in love with words. It must have been when I was in the fifth grade, I had a great teacher who obviously loved words and instilled in us a curiosity for the origins of words. I was fascinated by the stories. I was intrigued by how words evolved and how their use could disappear. Words could be displaced, misused, misinterpreted, or played with. We have wordsmiths and new words are born every day. We can make puns, poke fun and juxtaposition then to make them more interesting. I suppose my love for words inspired me to be a poet.
As bloggers you must have fallen in love with words at some point. Do you recall when that happened? What are your favorite words?
This is my poem about some of my favorite words:
I like exasperated when I am feeling thus
I love words especially when they make a fuss
in order to describe a special situation
My mom called these Sunday words
because their job was to bring us inspiration.
Words like giggle, chuckle and snigger
make me want to laugh out loud
And when I want to meditate
I choose silence, stillness and try to imagine myself sitting on a fluffy cloud.
Gorgeous, hilarious, stupendous and other words that end in -ious or -ous
I use quite often
Frequently I like to use the words we have borrowed from other tongues
like caramba, chutzpah, guru and glitz.
but there are no better words or feelings
than adore, amor and fervor.
My list is long and it gets longer by the day
but one word I know is here to stay
is hope and it is always for a better day.
- DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT – Dylan Thomas (sueddie.wordpress.com)
- Words Will Change the World: Why Writing is So Important to Me (emilyjchavez.wordpress.com)
- Poems and glass will be used to reflect Dylan Thomas’ memory (walesonline.co.uk)
- RESPECT WORDS, WORDS, WORDS…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) (bridgetwhelan.com)