Thursday, January 10, 2008

A New Year A New Post - or bad, indulgent poetry

Well here we are a new year and all that - already it is a week old and I have not posted anything.

What is up with that?

How are folks liking the Word of the Day and the Match Up? Keep them? Ditch 'em? I thought they give a bit of extra interest - since I do like words and all. I play the Match Up one very often and glow at myself for how many words I know (which is mostly fluke, 'cause once I have sussed those I do actually recall, the half-known words soon match and then there is usually one set left that must fit by default. Easy!)

Well, in moving house I dug up a few weird odds and sods including some bizarre poetry from the very midst of my childhood. If I may, I am going to indulge myself in exposing one of my first poems (which, let's be honest, I cannot think is too bad or I would not be prepared to share it now, would I...) So here is the beginnings of the "great writing career" called Look to the Fly on the Wall.

Look to the fly on the wall,
For there lies your sense of vulgarity.
I stand at the door and knock,
To enter the exit
And come in to go out.
Why is water wet?
Why does a ball come down,
To send ripples of green cascading over
Locks of dying shoelaces.
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what Rhinos are.
Mushrooms of cloud
To eat for dinner;
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall
To chew some gum for breakfast.
Far away, an infant
Dropped his ice cream
Drip drip
Closer to home, I blow my nose
To direct my thoughts to amoebas
swimming in their void of fulfilment.
So -
Look to the fly on the wall,
For there lies your sense of vulgarity.

Deep is it not... Not sure what it all means; clearly a late cold war piece with that "mushrooms of cloud for dinner" line - very high school art project of me.

Ok, self-indulgence now finished.


Drew said...

I like it!
It's great to find old pieces of writing-- sometimes I read over old pieces of stories and think "Hm, that's not bad at all!"
As for the word match up, I enjoy it, but I think the quiz builders cheat a bit when they have words like "percutaneous" and "transcutaneous" in opposite columns. There have to be better synonyms than words that use the same root word. Overall though, I'm having a blast working my way through these match ups.
all best!

Anonymous said...

Cool post. I love the writing style! Keep it coming.

Femina said...

How old were you when you wrote that?

I love the word match when I get to use my (tiny) knowledge of Latin and/or ancient Greek. $10,000 HECS debt so I can define 'lachrymator'... totally worth it!

Sylvenger said...

HA! Looking back at the poems I wrote in High School I find myself both embarrassed and amused with all the melancholy angst I wrote about. =\

Anyway, I do like the word match-up. A site I also like to visit is . Where you pick the definition for the given word which gets increasingly more difficult the more you get right. It also donates rice to the needy around the world, however that works?

D.M. Cornish said...

Femina dear, I was about 12 or 13 I reckon when I penned that uneven doggerel. Not the earliest piece of writinI still possess, but among them. I have enrolled for a basic Latin course in March so if I come away with anything close to your own great lexicon it shall be worth every penny of the comparative pitance I paid.

Free rice for words, Sylvenger, sounds good to me. Going through my notebooks searching out near forgotten details of the earliest ideas for Book 3 (which is most likely to be called Factotum, I discover all sorts of Morrisey-esque, girls-hate-me stuff. Some of it is pretty bleak too and what-is-more, reading those words brings the feelings right back. Ack!

Femina said...

Heh - the only time I've ever answered a sport question at a trivia night was because I recognised the Latin ('piscator' - 'fishing'). Mate,I felt soooo smug! :)

Enjoy the Latin course. I reckon you'll find it heaps of fun. If you want to practice I recommend "Latin Verb Drills" by Richard Prior (obviously not the comedian). The Collins Latin Dictionary plus Grammar is a great resource, but for cheating purposes I would definitely get the Oxford Latin Minidictionary, because it tells you which conjugation the verbs are. VERY useful.

And now I want to dust off my Latin books and get into it again... I might have to lie down until the feeling passes...

Anonymous said...

Latin's good fun. Easy as long as you memorise your declensions and conjugations.

Sadly enough, my own poetry is only a bit better than that. I love it how you've capitalised the word 'Rhinos'.

I don't really 'get' that whole using capitals thing in poetry, though, so maybe you had good reason.

D.M. Cornish said...

I have bo idea why I capitalised "Rhinos"; unfortunately there is no deeper meaning here (unless you want to read in some hidden and deep respect for the rhino on my behalf, some repressed loved for those horn'ed beasties).


How unromantic of me.

meli said...

Match up is awesome. I might steal it.