On Words

“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.