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A Love Affair

29 Jul
Image found at www.fromoldbooks.org which shows a dictionary of thieving slang from 1736

Image found at http://www.fromoldbooks.org which shows a dictionary of thieving slang from 1736

A Love Affair

Lilting, coruscating, amorphous

The simple serendipity of a thesaurus,
The nebulous wonder of infinite word combinations, linked together like the great constellations.

Sultry, dulcet, ebullient

Words. Sometimes a harbinger, at times a denouement but always a panoply of reverence in one’s own demesne.
Whether the susurrus of turned pages or the sonorous language contained within,
The full flow of expression written and imbibed, is mine to cherish and cultivate.

mellifluous, sumptuous, tranquil

A pure rhapsody of ever-changing felicity,
suffuse with redolent comprehension.
The zenith of my love surrounds me always, infused within, now and for tomorrow.

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Posted by on 29/07/2015 in My Writings, Poetry

 

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65 responses to “A Love Affair

  1. renxkyoko

    29/07/2015 at 18:28

    O_O

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2015 at 18:30

      That is precisely how I look without my glasses on coincidentally.

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  2. Morgan

    29/07/2015 at 18:30

    OH!!! You have captured so beguilingly and so exquisitely precisely how I feel about words! Amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2015 at 18:34

      I write good sometimes. Words are great, without them I wouldn’t just have written that, I am glad I can strike a chord with you here but then again that is no surprise as I have read your blog and first book. If we didn’t have language I fear we would all be accompanied by a piano continually in our day to day lives as we fell off ladders, got trapped in lion’s cages, went to the moon and so forth.

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      • Morgan

        30/07/2015 at 14:24

        lol piano music ๐Ÿ™‚ Or Massive Attack…depending

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        • Ste J

          30/07/2015 at 18:32

          I think Massive Attack would be a whole different ball game. Thank you for the reblog as well!

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          • Morgan

            30/07/2015 at 18:41

            entirely my Pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚ It also went out on my Twitter page to over 7K followers ๐Ÿ˜‰ You Rock!

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            • Ste J

              30/07/2015 at 18:43

              I have been getting lots of Twitter love recently, I need to share some back out, thank you once again. I think my twitter followers number around the 250 mark, so I must do better.

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  3. clarepooley33

    29/07/2015 at 18:46

    Beautiful stuff! Or as my grandad would have said ‘Swallowed a dictionary, have you!’

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2015 at 18:50

      Haha, I think I probably did, if I had stronger shoulders I would carry around a big dictionary in my bag everywhere I go. Weighing up words is a tough business sometimes but so rewarding.

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      • clarepooley33

        29/07/2015 at 20:06

        I think I use my dictionary at least twice a day. I ought to use the thesaurus more as I use the same old words all the time.

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        • Ste J

          29/07/2015 at 20:17

          I find that as well, the blog reminds me that I need to use the vocabulary I have and to get a better understanding of the nuances of different words, to be as accurate as possible in my writings. It’s great to seek out new words and become better versed in all things language. I have a particular habit of disappearing into etymology websites for ages as well. Lets face it we could waste days in the joys of language if life allowed.

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  4. Jill Weatherholt

    29/07/2015 at 18:55

    This is wonderful, Ste J!

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  5. Andrea Stephenson

    29/07/2015 at 19:56

    Dazzling, delightful, magnificent – beautifully written!

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    • Ste J

      29/07/2015 at 20:03

      Thank you very much, I thought a homage to words was something it was high time I did. I spent a while wondering if I should expand it but in the end I decided that less is more which is also my approach to work as well.

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  6. shadowoperator

    29/07/2015 at 21:38

    Hi, Ste J. Funny how you love the dictionary and thesaurus. When I was in junior high (known as middle school to some, early teen to mid teen years), a friend of mine and I used to sit near the back of the class in our Civics class (Civics is sort of like government history of the U. S.). The dictionaries and thesauruses were kept on shelves in the back of the room, so we would hurry up and finish our class work and then in the remaining time left, we would write each other erudite and wordy and sometimes plain insulting notes back and forth using words taken from the dictionaries and thesauruses we’d taken from the back shelf. It was great fun, and I’ll always remember that as one of the activities I had the most fun doing. We would also sometimes invent words to throw the other person, words which of course could not be found in our sources. For example, one such word we tossed back and forth a lot was “glannying,” and we had various interpretations for what it meant, some silly and some just rude. That’s probably the reason I still like reading the Urban Dictionary on the Internet sometimes.

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2015 at 19:40

      Sounds like an awesome way to pass the time, finding a fun way to learn is always so much preferable from the school work we all had to endure. Your formative years have taught you well. I looked for glannying on the Urban Dictionary in the hope you had defined it, if you wish to it’s there for you to do and would be an interesting read!

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  7. leapingtracks

    30/07/2015 at 09:20

    Words, a gorgeous picture of words, and a beautiful rhapsody on words – what riches you have given us in this post, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2015 at 18:42

      I appreciate you taking the time to stop by as always, I made a conscious effort to really search for the right words with this one, it was a pleasurable task though and reminded me how few words I use in this wonderful language.

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  8. macjam47

    30/07/2015 at 13:59

    Beautifully written, as only you can do.

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2015 at 18:39

      I try my best is all and if it grabs people then that makes me happy, I think I am finally getting a feel for this poetry lark.

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  9. http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com

    30/07/2015 at 15:46

    Stunning! I love words that roll and rollick and romp and raise the rafters.

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2015 at 19:10

      That is handy because I love alliteration and all associated aspects.

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  10. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

    30/07/2015 at 16:45

    Words are wonderful…and some of the BIG ones are truly…magnificent!!! To love words is the best thing I ever learned from my Moma…after all she’s the one who named our little “gentleman farmer” farm…demesne ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ste J

      30/07/2015 at 18:54

      A wise lady indeed and a fantastic name!

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      • Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

        30/07/2015 at 20:48

        ๐Ÿ™‚ (She and I drove each other crazy…but then we were probably too much alike. She had a definite way with words though and she made me learn to spell.)

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  11. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    30/07/2015 at 23:06

    This is beautiful…melodious, euphonious, soothing… ๐Ÿ˜€

    You should write such pieces more often Ste J… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Letizia

    31/07/2015 at 13:40

    Such a beautiful ode! And I love the photo of the dictionary of thieving slang, haha!

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    • Ste J

      02/08/2015 at 13:23

      It is amazing how many people that photo appeals to, lol. It was a change from my original idea which is now back in the stupidly big list of post drafts that are floating about all over my computer. I’m glad you liked it, I didn’t write this one in the pub either.

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  13. Jeff

    05/08/2015 at 20:01

    Worthy of Leonard Sachs.

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    • Ste J

      08/08/2015 at 19:51

      Coincidentally these words were inspired by Thunderball.

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      • Jeff

        08/08/2015 at 20:03

        I was thinking more of Sachs’s introductions on the Good Old Days (which seem to have been somewhat edited out of YouTube clips, alas):

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        • Ste J

          08/08/2015 at 20:12

          Ah that would make more sense, I thoroughly enjoyed that clip, I want to live in a world with those people.

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          • Jeff

            08/08/2015 at 20:23

            Aye me too, but without the diseases, poverty, and shysters looming on every street corner with a cosh and a glad-eye fer yer pocket!

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            • Ste J

              08/08/2015 at 20:30

              I think those hats and moustaches were there to ward off all those bad things, maybe.

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              • Jeff

                08/08/2015 at 20:32

                Yeah, pretty scary stuff. I know what you mean though. The setting and acts have an innocent charm. I’m not sure Stewart Lee would fit the bill.

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  14. Resa

    06/08/2015 at 03:19

    LUV this post & luv my Roget’s Thesaurus!

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    • Ste J

      08/08/2015 at 19:42

      Thank you! There is something great about flicking through thesaurus’ and dictionaries and finding new words or long forgotten ones, it’s quite liberating.

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      • Resa

        08/08/2015 at 21:57

        Agree! It’s amazing how much time can pass when I start with the thesaurus. One thing leads to another, eternally, apparently.

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  15. LuAnn

    07/08/2015 at 19:50

    Fabulous Ste J!

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  16. Sherri

    08/08/2015 at 16:54

    This is sumptuous indeed Ste…so much so, I had to read it three times and each time I enjoyed it more. The photo too is marvellous, love it… ‘thieving slang’, ha!

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    • Ste J

      08/08/2015 at 19:48

      I spent ages hunting for a photo, I like the novelty of it, perhaps we should make a concerted effort to bring it back into the public consciousness. You give me high praise indeed, I am humbled by your kind words. I like to think of it, on reflextion as a partner poem to Glimpsing Perfection.

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      • Sherri

        10/08/2015 at 13:14

        Partner poems are wonderful. Your rich expression certainly blends beautifully…

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  17. nancyrae4

    08/08/2015 at 19:17

    A Love Affair presents you at your best, Ste J…and reminds us all of the depth and mystery of language.

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    • Ste J

      08/08/2015 at 19:53

      The things hidden in plain sight are normally the most beautiful, language, space and such like..it is sad that many people remain oblivious to the powers of such enchantments. Sometimes all that love just bursts out of me, although not nearly enough perhaps.

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  18. writersideup

    17/08/2015 at 07:39

    Oh, much too late for me to pull out the dictionary and find so many words! lol Still—I LOVE words and certainly enjoy yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ste J

      17/08/2015 at 09:45

      Words are brilliant and all the subtle differences that they bring. Picking the right word can be a joy, almost like a surgical operation in its preciseness. Sharing words is a great gift and I always feel happy to be surrounded by so many wonderful writers.

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      • writersideup

        17/08/2015 at 16:54

        You know, I don’t speak other languages (remember blips from when I took Spanish in school a zillion years ago), but as difficult as English can sometimes be with grammar, etc., I’m in love with it. I don’t know if it’s simply bias or if, in fact, it is a language with the most infinite scope with its subtle differences in meanings from word to word to word.

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        • Ste J

          17/08/2015 at 20:45

          It’s a good question, I would love to learn some other languages just to compare them and then I would love to read some books in their original language because if the English was stunning, the original source would be amazing!

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  19. purpleslobinrecovery

    17/08/2015 at 20:47

    ooooo, that poem is so sexy! I think I’ll print it out and make my husband whisper it to me. (After I teach him how to pronounce it all. sigh.)

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  20. RoSy

    29/08/2015 at 02:02

    Worderful!

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