A to Z Challenge | Z

I’ve made it! To the end of April! Writing every prompt day! I’m so proud of myself. ☺️ Think I might give myself a lil break in May, stay tuned. 💛

The Words

“Zenith: Originating from Arabic and meaning the way over one’s head, by the 1300s zenith was used to describe the highest point in the heavens and by the 1600s it had come to include other high points. Nowadays it is used to describe reaching the top of one’s career. When she played Desdemona she realized that she had reached the zenith of her theatrical aspirations.

“Zephyr: Zephyr, a gentle breeze from the west, derives its name from Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind, and was used by both Chaucer and Shakespeare in a figurative and metaphorical sense. More recently, zephyr has been adopted as a term for a lightweight fabric and the clothing made from it.”

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

“Zaftig | Borrowed into English from Yiddish (and descended from a German wordmeaning “juicy”), if a woman is zaftig then she’s plump or curvaceous.” Mentalfloss

Haiku | Ripe Summer

Zenith of summer
Zephyr carries sweet scent of
Zaftig peaches ripe

A to Z Challenge | Y

The Words

“Yammer: Derived from the Old English geomrian, to be sad, and subsequently Middle English yameren, yammer has been used since the fifteenth century to describe repeated cries of distress or sorrow. It also means to complain or whine persistently. The children yammered because the internet had gone down and they couldn’t watch their favourite show on Netflix.”

“Yawp: Yawp, meaning to call out, yelp or to boast, first appeared in the English language in the fourteenth century and is derived from the Middle English yolpen or yelpen. It implies a squawking, yelping, rather irritating type of complaining, but has an element of silliness as it also means raucous noise. If you desist from yawping about it you may be able to think of a solution to the predicament.”

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

“yesternight
Archaic.n.1. last night.adv.2. during last night.” The Free Dictionary

Yesternight

Yesternight
The moon was bright
Loud yammers
Yawps
From dark alleys
Not quite right.

Yet we ignore
Because we have fright
That if we fight
We might join the plight.

So we stay
Still
Silent
Breathe in
Hold tight.

A to Z Challenge | W

The Words

“Williwaw: A williwaw is a sudden violent gust of cold land air, common along mountainous coastal regions of high latitude. The origin of the word is unknown but it is believed to have been a sailing term coined by British maritime men and used initially to describe the inclement and unpredictable winds around the hazardous Magellan Straits in South America.”

“Writhled: A rarely used adjective but one not without its charms. Writhled is synonymous with other words like wrinkled and shrivelled but is perhaps closest to wizened as it relates mostly to ageing, lived-in, faces. His writhled face broke into a smile as he recalled his Navy days.”

“Widdershins: Legend holds that demons always approached the devil widdershins. Not surprisingly, such a path was considered evil and unlucky. By the sixteenth century, English speakers had adopted the term (from the Old High German widar, meaning back or against, and sinnen, meaning to travel) for anything following a path opposite to the direction the sun travels across the sky. Don’t be dancing widdershins around me; it’s the mark of the devil.”

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

Demon

The white cliff face
Writhled
With lapping lines of ancient age
Legend told
Of sea demons and scornful sorceresses
That lived within the cracks.
It takes only a williwaw to wake them
Or walking widdershins
in waxing moons
drawing symbols in the dusk.

A to Z Challenge | V

The Words

“Vacillate: To vacillate is to switch between different, often opposing positions in either thought, opinion or action. A secondary meaning is to sway between different conditions due to a lack of equilibrium, as with the weather. The minister’s political reputation was damaged by his tendency to vacillate on key policy decisions.”

“Vacuous versus Vacuity: The Latin adjective vacuus, meaning empty, provides the stem for both these words. However, whereas vacuous is usually applied to people marked by a lack of ideas or intelligence, a vacuity is simply an empty space. Every time he was asked a question at the press conference his responses were vacuous.”

“Valediction: A sombre word for sorrowful moments. Valediction, put simply, is the act of saying goodbye, and is often used to describe eulogies at funeral ceremonies, but it can also be used in the context of any farewell or final speech. ‘I’m just going outside and may be some time,’ said Oates, by way of valediction.”

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

Not a Valediction

I vacillate,
Between optimism
And drowning in midnight waters.

After all these holes punctured in my soul,
It is now a vacuity.
Whether by life or by me,
I have been drained.

However this is not a valediction,
I’m not giving up.
For all the while there is sun in my smile,
A glimmer of something some may call hope,
I will keep going,
Keep trying,
To care for my soul better.
And ask for help when I’ve forgotten how to sow.

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 | J

The Words

“Jocose: From the Latin jocosus, meaning a tendency to joke, jocose is roughly synonymous with other words such as humorous and witty. The subtle distinction is that jocose is usually considered to be a character trait, a tendency not to take things too seriously, whereas witty relates to a quickness of mind. The jocose character of my uncle always made his visits great fun.”

“Jaunce: To jaunce is an archaic equestrian word and describes the skill of persuading a horse to prance. The jaunce is a recognized movement in the sport of dressage. When the colt saw the young filly in the field, he suddenly seemed to jaunce around with his head carried high.”

“Jactation: A word meaning boastful declarations or displays. Jactation is also the word for tossing and turning restlessly when trying to sleep. As an insomniac, my wife finds my nightly jactations alarming.”

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

Horse by Day, Horse by Night

I neigh

Outraged at the way
They make me jaunce, jump and sway
I’m not for their play

But I am
Apparently.

Before they broke me
I cantered jocose and free
Trapped now, unhappy.

They use me for sunny shows of jactation
It only causes me jactation under
Each and every
Moon.

I neigh
Never loud enough for them to understand
I’m not enjoying it like they say I am

But what do I know about how a horse can feel,
I’m just a horse,
But real.

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.