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Colin`s English Dictionary

by Deewrites 

Posted: 02 December 2017
Word Count: 440


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Shut down the part of the mind with words and what would you have?  Crawling across a carpet or hearing the call but not hearing your name.

Disastrous wet might be followed by wondrously dry, without explanation.  Without even “wet” or “dry” words- how would you understand experience?

Intermittent ideas mixed with reality came with mamma, dada, and all-gone.  But back then you could not tell even where you came from.

Murky mud water understanding with stories swimming around; it lasted for a while.  The words were in sentences, even tales by then.

Envy the big kids reading books as thick as a grin and reading out loud as fast as they could with no finger needed.  Up there, on the shelf was an English dictionary with Colin’s name on.

Expensive; mum said buying it from Colin cost as much as five hundred Allsorts and it wasn’t a toy and grubby fingers did not belong in there.  Five hundred Allsorts: imagine that!  Stay away from that book!

Moon light journeys from school were explained as extra classes, not mentioning detention.  Words could cover-up a multitude of sin when I was a teen.

Subdued by not being who I was meant to be, wrong face, wrong height, wrong hair I started to use words to cover-up facts, to make people laugh and to sound better than I was, or ever could be.

Direction “outward” I went to see the world and found it in Spain.  More importantly, it didn’t have parents so music was loader and liaisons longer out there in the world.

Flop was the word for my first romance.  Flop was the word for my first physical affair, but another definition applied.  Complicated was a word I started to appreciate in my mid-twenties, helped by solicitors who explained “custody” and “access” too.  I think I preferred ‘flop’.

See what words can do?  They can take you on a journey and dump you right back.  I should know: The book I research is worth five hundred Allsorts and you can find it online. 

A dictionary is the easiest place to find love.  A dictionary is the easiest place to find out its true meaning, if meaning means words.

If you want someone with definitions, I am the one.  I work all day with words as my friends and then go home to watch a movie alone, apart from that framed smile three years out of date, from when she was four.

I can explain the words; partner, happiness and child, though I cannot remember what they felt like. It took so many pages in my life to find “numb”.
 






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euclid at 08:48 on 03 December 2017  Report this post
Vey clever!

Typo:

so music was loader
(should be louder)

JJ


 

Deewrites at 14:15 on 03 December 2017  Report this post
I know- I have a keyboard that can't spill.  Dee

NGwriter at 14:52 on 06 December 2017  Report this post
Very clever. Really well-written. I love your short stuff; you have a way of creating detailed stories with so few words. 
​Well done.

Deewrites at 10:15 on 08 December 2017  Report this post
Thanks- know more jokes about spelling.

Bazz at 16:32 on 08 December 2017  Report this post
An interesting piece, a piece of flash biography which is both heartfelt and creative, as if the unweaving of words, the understanding of them is at the heart of understanding ourselves...

V`yonne at 11:56 on 10 December 2017  Report this post
And I agree with all the above. If you were to send that as a prose poem I would probably (with a tweak here and there) 

Disastrous wet might be followed by wondrous dry, without explanation. 

I'd publish it as poetry! I love so much about this.

reading books as thick as a grin

buying it from Colin cost as much as five hundred Allsorts

I think I preferred ‘flop’.

laugh

A dictionary is the easiest place to find love.

It took so many pages in my life to find “numb”.

Words. Words making up perfect phrases and expressing deep sentiments. Poetry I tell ya!

Deewrites at 15:17 on 10 December 2017  Report this post
Thanks Bazz and V'yonne.  I did find this challenge difficult, but maybe that can sometimes help someone think.

V`yonne at 15:21 on 10 December 2017  Report this post
It's nearly always good to be outside your comfort zone in writing.


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