Sunday, April 17, 2016

Na/GloPoWriMo #17— EXULANSIS


NaPoWriMo would like us, on this 17th day of April, "to find, either on your shelves or online, a specialized dictionary. This could be, for example, a dictionary of nautical terms, or woodworking terms, or geology terms. Anything, really, so long as it’s not a standard dictionary! Now write a poem that incorporates at least ten words from your specialized source."

No dictionary on the shelves around here (except my Spanish/English one), so off I went to Wifi-World to see what I could find there. I thought about woodworking terms, but as I'm married to a woodturner I've already mined a few of those. I thought about words relating to music, but again was not inspired. Nothing grabbed me until I discovered a blog called The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, an absolutely delightful collection of neologisms written by one John Koenig who realized there are many emotions and situations that have no specific words in the English language and decided to do something about it. A  truncated list of his definitions of the words I used in my poem are below. Next time you have a few minutes you don't know what to do with, check this guy's blog out. Great fun!


There we were, standing at the edge of our lives looking in again,
a keyframe if ever there was one, klexos swirling around us
in imperceptible loops and I’d have brought it up with the MC
had I not been loath to invite anecdoche into the room.
Your semaphorism effectively pointed out my occhiolism
but we’ve been friends too long to let that to get in our way.
Instead, we note with altschmerz 
the silience of newly hatched photographers
who have yet to succumb to vemödalen 
although both of us know they will
for zenosyne has a way of avoiding the young and catching the old.
We could present a keta to the rest of the group,
but my pâro suggests this would likely lead us to a fitzcarraldo,
a trumspringa that can only end with one or other of us
lodged deep in daguerreologue.

exulansis:  the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable     
                  to relate to it, which allows it to drift away until the memory feels out of place

keyframe:  a moment that seemed innocuous at the time but ended up marking a diversion into a strange 
                  new era of your life

klexos:  the art of dwelling on the past

anecdoche:  a conversation in which everyone is talking but nobody is listening

semaphorism:  a conversational hint that you have something personal to say on the subject 
                        but don’t go any further

occhiolism:  the awareness of the smallness of your perspective

altschmerz:  weariness with the same old issues you’ve always had

silence:  the kind of unnoticed excellence that carries on around you every day, unremarkably

vemödalen:  the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos 
                     already exist

zenosyne:  the sense that time keeps going faster

kept:  an image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past

pro:  the feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong

fitzcarraldo:  an image that somehow becomes lodged deep in your brain… which then grows into a wild and
impractical vision

trumspringa:  the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains

daguerreologue:  an imaginary interview with an old photo of yourself


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