A to Z Challenge | P

Happy Monday fellow writers and A to Z’ers! I hope you’ve all had fab weekends. I spend my weekend mainly in the countryside, walking and cycling, and gracing a riverside tavern. I also write entries for two writing competitions! Creativity on fire.

I realised I wrote mainly poetry last week, so this week I am going to try and write a continuous short story, a new part each day. I hope I can keep it connected and use the words well, let’s see where this goes.

The Words

“Paean: A song, hymn or speech that praises the virtues of someone or something, a paean is written in honour of its subject. In Greek mythology, Paean was physician to the gods and the earliest musical paeans were hymns of praise and thanksgiving to Apollo who, according to Homer, on occasions took the guise of Paean. Originally sung at festivals, funerals or when marching into battle, over time a paean has come to mean some kind of tribute. There wasn’t a dry eye at the funeral when Tom read the paean he had written for his brother.”

“Penumbra: Although literally meaning a partial illumination, as in an eclipse, penumbra is also used to refer to something that covers, surrounds or obscures, e.g. a shroud, and also to a ‘grey area’ where things are not just black or white. Deriving from the Latin words paene, meaning almost, and umbra, which is shadow, penumbra is often used as a legal term to refer to an area within which distinction or resolution is difficult or uncertain. The defendant was advised that the verdict could go either way as this was a penumbra.

“Perdition: Originating from the Latin perdere, to destroy, the first known use of the word perdition was in the fourteenth century. It means utter destruction or eternal damnation. All sinners are condemned to perdition.

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

My Summertime Goddess | Part One

Petit flowers, nimble in nature, swam through the waves of her light gold hair. She was the epitome of beauty and many wrote her paeans, hoping to win her favour. I was one of these fools, who approached her at an early summer festival. The day was covered in bright blue hope, and I had no knowledge of how my heart would be lost to perdition. I usually found contentment lurking in the penumbra of her entourage, the very outer circle, not close enough to learn her flaws, but the perfect proximity for falling recklessly in love. But today was the day I would break my own rules.

A to Z Challenge | N

Not completely fiction, I have had a few gins this Eve before writing! Have a weird haiku, reverse haiku, haiku again blend. Happy Weekend

The Words

“Nadir: Nadir derives from an Arabic word meaning opposite – the opposite, that is, of the zenith, which means the highest point you can achieve (or in astrology the highest point in the sky). To reach one’s zenith, metaphorically, means reaching a pinnacle; to slump to one’s nadir is to have slipped as low as it’s possible to go. We reached our nadir as a team when we lost every match for two years in a row.”

“Nebulous: Nebula is the Latin word for mist or fog. The word is used in astronomy to describe celestial objects such as clouds of gas and dust particles in space and/or galaxies. The original Latin sense of fog or mist informs the adjective nebulous, which is used, often negatively, to describe something indistinct or not clearly formed. I have only very nebulous memories of my childhood.”

“Nepenthe: In ancient times a nepenthe was a mythical drink or substance that helped the poor to find relief or forgetfulness from sorrow or grief – a sort of proto-anti-depressant. The term can also be used generally to describe something that causes us to forget our troubles and woes. He often used alcohol as a crutch and a nepenthe when feeling down.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Neon World

Late on Friday Eve,
Nepenthe in a gin glass,
My words; nebulous.

No nadir for me this night,
Only highs; dancing,
Dreaming in my neon world.

Of pulsing colours
and lively swirls, happiness.
Inhibitions, gone.

A to Z Challenge | M

Letter M, half way through the month!! Crazyyyyy! I’m learning loads of new words, not always remembering them though, but loving trying to use them.

The Words

“Mathesis: An archaic word derived from the Greek word mathēsis, meaning the acquisition of knowledge or the moment of knowing or understanding. The word is also linked to mathematics, for the Greeks didn’t distinguish between the different physical sciences and philosophy, so all knowledge or mathēsis was interlinked. No process of mathesis is without some value.

“Mabble: The verb to mabble means to wrap something up, usually a gift. The origin of the word is uncertain but it possibly comes from the tradition of wrapping up flowers in little woven baskets to celebrate May Day. I don’t usually mabble my Christmas presents until Christmas Eve.

“Manifold: Manifold means many or varied and diverse. In a positive sense it could describe the manifold delights of the city of Barcelona. In a negative sense (in which it is often used) it could describe the manifold issues or problems someone has encountered. The word was once used as a verb to describe making multiple copies of a book. There are manifold issues with the trade negotiations.

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Procrastination

I mabble my manifold
Of dire dilemmas
In sumptuous silk
So at least they will feel loved
Embraced, and shown some
Courteous behaviour pure,
Until I dare let
Them soar. My mind will ponder
Puzzle out riddles
Til a lightbulb blooms atop
Inquisitive soul.
Magnificent Mathesis.
I take a deep bow.

A to Z Challenge | L | NaPoWriMo

Another two for one on challenges, this poem was inspired by NaPoWriMo’s Day 14 prompt; write a poem that delves into the meaning of your name. Well my name is Turkish, and my middle name is Lale (pronounced La-leh) which means tulip.

The Words

“Labyrinthine: Labyrinthine was first used in the English language in the early seventeenth century and describes something labyrinth-like, i.e. intricate or complicated. A labyrinthine set of clues needed to be solved before completing the puzzle.

“Lambent: Derived from the Latin word lambere, meaning to lick. Lambent describes something flickering or moving smoothly or lightly over a surface or something shining softly and brightly. The word is also often associated with light and exquisiteness of expression in writing. ‘Those smiling eyes, attemp’ring ev’ry ray, Shone sweetly lambent with celestial day.’ Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (1717)

“Lissom: Lissom is an alteration of the much older word lithesome (from the Old English lithe, meaning gentle). Lissom in particular relates to the body being supple and nimble in movement. The word is sometimes spelt lissome. The lissom actor’s background training in classical ballet showed from the graceful manner in which she glides across the stage.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Lale | Pronounced La-leh

Why are people named of flowers?
Is it because flowers have properties to be desired?
Lissom and delicate in beauty
Yet giving life to bumbling bees
And adding colour to monotone trees?

Light lambents softly from their faces
Smiling into nature
And nature smiles back.

I ponder,
Are their more flowers or people?
How curious.
I hope there are more flowers,
In their labyrinthine, intricate garden glamour,
Because flowers don’t cut down people
But people cut down flowers...

A to Z Challenge | K

The Words

“Kakorrhaphiophobia: Kakorrhaphiophobia is an abnormal, persistent, irrational fear of failure. In clinical cases, it’s debilitating: the fear of even the most subtle failure or defeat is so intense that it restricts a person from doing anything at all. My neighbour hasn’t worked for years due to kakorrhaphiophobia.

“Kalon: Kalon is the ideal of physical and moral beauty, especially as conceived by the philosophers of classical Greece, and derives from the Greek word kalos, meaning virtuous and beautiful. His last partner was so lovely but he never seemed to appreciate what a kalon she was until after they split up.

“Karezza: A modern word from the Italian slang, karezza, this means to caress. As its name implies, it’s comprised of intimate activities such as gentle stroking, cuddling and skin-to-skin contact. She saw karezza as a way to promote health and happiness in marriage.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Just Keep Wandering

I’ve recently been feeling like the every day is no longer enough.
I’m not burdened with Kakorrhaphiophobia,
for I have no fear of failure,
I’m happy to fail.
In fact,
failing would be
a nice break
from doing, don’t you think.

Maybe I need some karezza,
caressing
my mind with massage oils
until it can melt
into my own body
and my own body
into a puddle of whatever happiness is made of.

I see a vision
Of myself
Kalon in imaginary form.
But is this me past me
or future me,
Or a me that will never be.

Lost
I feel lost
How does one draw a map,
Or write a list of instructions,
A manual,
To this bitter life that is also
Beautiful.
But I don’t need a map when it’s beautiful,
I’m already where I’m meant to be.

We can’t draw maps when we’re lost,
but we don’t want to draw them when we are
Too busy
Living
On the bright side
Of the mind.

I think I will
Go wandering
In the dark.
I’ll find the sun eventually
It’s only ever hidden by
Turning Earth
Or drowning clouds.
As if these two
immutable phenomena
Could possibly hold me
back.

A to Z Challenge | I & Weekend Writing Prompt | Forage

Another two for one on challenges. (I used the word unforaged instead of forage). Have a great weekend all!

The Words

“Illapse: A sophisticated word meaning the gliding or sliding of one thing into another or to fall or flow. The illapse of new words into the English language shows no sign of abating.

“Immure: The Latin word for a wall is murus and this provides the root for mural, a wall painting. To immure is to entomb or place something in a wall. Immure also has a general sense of somebody being walled in somewhere in a figurative sense. Ever since he bought that games console my son has been immured in his bedroom for hours on end.”

“Immutable: Immutable derives from the Latin immutabilis, meaning unable to change. The modern sense of immutable is something that is set in stone, so to speak, and cannot be altered or changed. There are immutable guidelines for dealing with such situations.

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Weekend Writing Prompt | Forage

Immured in this cycle,
Immutable.
I wake, I rise, I do, I fall, to sleep.

How would you feel if today was your last day?
Because in answer to the very same,
I felt sad.

I’ve ticked the boxes of society.
Illapsed into the tempo of the average.

I think to times I am filled with pure life,
And wonder how to make every moment mirror those.

Could I let a different light guide me?
To a land unforaged, open and free.

A to Z Challenge | H

The Words

“Halcyon: In Greek mythology, Alkyone, the daughter of Aeolus, the god of the winds, became so distraught when she learned that her husband had been killed in a shipwreck that she threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher. The Ancient Greeks named kingfishers alkyon or halcyon. Legend has it that when kingfishers nest in winter they help to calm the rough seas and so halcyon has come to mean a period of calm and relief from worry and stress. She often recalled the halcyon days of her childhood.”

“Hypogeal: Hypogeal relates to things that grow or live below the surface and is an alternative synonym to subterranean. The two words are more or less interchangeable except that hypogeal relates to living things whereas subterranean merely means beneath the ground. Hypogeal plants germinate below the surface of the earth.

“Hesperidate: In Ancient Greek mythology, Hesperides was a beautiful garden guarded by nymphs that contained trees bearing golden fruit. It was said to lie in the westernmost part of the world and produced the fruit given as a wedding present by Gaia to Hera on the occasion of her marriage to Zeus. The adjective hesperidate can be used as a classical allusion to any garden or orchard with beautiful fruit trees. In autumn the gardens fill with a hesperidate glow of golden colours.

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Morning Meditation

I fold
One leg over the other
Upright I breath
In and out fresh streams

I fold
Into my soul
Float down to the hypogeal garden
That lives beneath my surface

I fold
Earth over earth
Tilling the land
My hesperidate trees blossom

I pick
The fruits of my labour
Halcyon moments
Suck in to savour

I know
I can come back to my enchantment
Of my fresh flowered garden
Just a deep breath away

In my mind.

A to Z Challenge | F

The Words

“Fatidic: Fatidic is closely related to the word fate, and is derived from the Latin word fatum, meaning that which has been spoken. A number of superstitious cultures believed that fate could be prophesied by mystics and soothsayers. Anything fatidic relates to a prophecy or prediction. He had an almost fatidic ability to pick winners of horse races.

“Felicity: One of the greatest nouns in the English language and much underused. When Edwyn Collins, the lead singer of the 1980s Scottish alternative pop band Orange Juice sang in the song ‘Felicity’ he was expressing one of the meanings of the word: the quality or state of being made happy by something or someone. He was also, perhaps unintentionally, right twice, as the secondary, more highbrow meaning of felicity is having felicity with language, which means using words perfectly to express ideas, emotions and thoughts. She prided herself on her exquisite felicity with language.

“Fribble: A rather amusing word that first appeared in English during the nineteenth century. A tendency to fribble means to while away time doing inconsequential things when there are more pressing (but tedious) tasks to be done. She fribbled away the whole morning browsing the internet.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Fate Undecided

I waltzed into Mystic Myra’s canopied cubby. Royal purple silks flowed into rivers of tasseled beanbags that surrounded a low circular table. I sunk into the comfort, and the fatidic aura sunk into me.

Incense blistered at the edge of the room, something someone more sceptical might consider a fire hazard, but I was fully immersed, trusting in my mystic.

Myra stepped from behind a floaty curtain and flourished into a bean bag opposite me. She was known to have felicity with her words. Yes she created the right atmosphere, sparking arcane senses, but she also had a scientific precision with her predictions, and she was never wrong,

“So my child,” Myra addressed me as such even though I thought she actually looked younger than me, her rosy cheeks glowing, her blonde hair wavy and care free. “What can I answer for you today?”

Once again, a skeptic might question why Myra didn’t already know the answer to her question, but she knows I would want to know so much, it’s not her place to chose for me.

I take a heavy breath, catching myself before I cough on the curdled smoke. “When will I die?” I ask. It’s been weighing on my mind recently, ever since my husband died. I’d been talking to him through Myra once a week, but I needed to know once and for all, should I make an effort to move on, or will I be with him again soon?

Myra swirled her hands above a cloudy orb. “This fate has not yet been decided,” she chants, “I sense you are yet to decide.”

Her wisdom overwhelmed me. For her to utter those words exposed my thoughts, exposed me. I had yet to chose my fate, I hoped she might have chosen for me. I should have known it was not her place to dictate, only relay. The reality of what I’d been considering, now that it was opaque, seemed unthinkable. I was done fribbling away my time, I would live a life my husband would be proud of. That I would be proud of.

“It looks like you’ve made a decision.” A light grin shone through Myra’s eyes that mirrored mine.

“Thank you.” I said simply with sincerity. Before waltzing back out of the drapes, following life.

A to Z Challenge | D (Plus a Bonus Bright Square Prompt)

The Words

“Daedal: Daedalus was the architect in Greek mythology who designed the labyrinth in Crete to house the beastly Minotaur. Daedalus in Latin and Greek means skilfully composed or constructed, hence anything daedal (or daedalean) is intricate, clever and complex. He opened the back of the computer and was confronted by a daedal mesh of wires and circuits.

“Deliquesce: Deliquesce means to dissolve or melt into liquid and is often used in botany to describe plants becoming rotten and turning to mush. Derived from the Latin deliquescere, meaning to be fluid, a more elegant and figurative use is to describe the act of slowly melting, fading or dissolving away. He lay roasting in the sun, deliquescing in the extreme heat.

“Delitescent: Something that is delitescent is hidden away, often furtively. The term is derived from the Latin verb delitescere, meaning to hide. It is the delitescent nature of the civil service that means Whitehall officials rarely address the media.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

I seem to be liking combining challenges and I saw this Squares Photo Challenge over on The Life of B. This weekend had been a lovely bright Easter weekend, so have a sun filled pic of me enjoying the rays, which I will use as a prompt for today’s writing as well. ☀️

Aiming for suave…
Pastel shades of sky deliquesced
Into each other they dissolved
Before she could witness them through squinting eyes
Already delitescent, shy to dusk lullabies

For bright sun stops glaring so early in spring
One moment it casts grey shadows
The next breath the world is tinged
With day’s end. Dreams begin.

There may be pattern and rhythm in cycle
Yet each component is complex, daedal, far fetched
Transpiring beauty, erratic contradicts tidal
Still I wait for summer as the assurance of the seasons are etched.

A to Z Challenge | C

The Words

“Cachinnate: to cachinnate is to let out a loud and raucous, uncontrollable bout of laughter. The word derives from the Latin for loud laughter, cachinnare. I cachinnated so long and loudly at the circus clowns I thought my sides would split.”

“Candour: Candour traces back to the Latin verb candēre, meaning to shine or glow. Candour is often used in relation to language that expresses openness, fairness and honesty. He spoke with refreshing candour about the problems his family had endured.

“Capricious: A capricious person is someone who is impulsive and unpredictable. The word is often used to describe the weather in countries where it can be notoriously volatile or erratic.”

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Weekend Writing Prompt | Absurd

What I overheard
Was very absurd
It made me cachinnate, splutter,
But I listened, undeterred.

Jenna was a gossip, but always spoke with candour,
So I very much doubted what she said was slander.

Apparently Dan had gone swimming naked in the sea,
At this point I must mention it was below zero degrees,
But he’d always been capricious... stereotypically gutsy.

Hope it doesn’t count as cheating to write the weekend writing prompt from Sammi in with my A to Z for C! Either way, here ya go.