Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Word Chaser  by Linda O'Connell

I pace when I am seated.
Suspended in mid-thought,
I stir syllables with my foot
as I write, delve, absorb, create.

I roam from page to page, blog to blog
seeking social media cerebral stimulation,
wandering back to the past, into the future,
before a minute has elapsed.

Kinetic energy bursts from my mind, my fingers; my pen.  
Intuition massages my temples, I am keenly aware of nuance.
Even when I am relaxed, my words race maniacally,
sometimes leaving me, a word  chaser, in the dust.
Are you a word weaver, a word chaser and wordsmith?  Are you grandiloguent?
Grandiloquent combines the word grand with the suffix -iloquent, which comes from the Latin -loqui, which means to speak. By definition then, it means speaking in a grand manner. I like discovering new words, but I prefer plain spoken writing. A few fifty-centers in a paragraph are okay, but don't make me decipher the whole story. What about you?



Sioux Roslawski said...

I agree, Linda. I hate when people are seemingly trying to impress others with their high-falutin' vocabulary.

As Shania Twain sang, "That don't impress me!"

Jennifer Brown Banks said...

Intriguing post, Linda. Thanks for sharing your creativity here.

Pat Wahler said...

What a great phrase: "I stir syllables with my foot".
I also like plain writing. Too many obscure words in a piece make it sound grandiose rather than real.

Critter Alley

Kim Lehnhoff said...

Great poem, Linda!

I usually write as I speak - plainly. But once in a while, I get a hankerin' to use a 50 cent word or two.

This week, I have been drawn to obsequious.

Connie said...

I enjoyed your poem, Linda. I do like to chase and weave words. Sometimes I like them plain, and sometimes fancy. :)

Val said...

I plead guilty to making the thesaurus sing. Not to impress people, mind you. Just to entertain myself.