WHAT IS IT?? (WITH REFLECTIONS)

By Charles Robert Lindholm

Is it a question?

is it an exclamation

or just an enigma,

Is it wistful

plaintive

reflective

or regretful

and melancholy,

Is it ambiguous?

Is it open ended?

with a potential

and a future

 

Or is it closure?

an ending

with regrets

or just

a wistful longing?

Perhaps . . .

Copyright © 2017 Charles Robert Lindholm – All Rights Reserved

A reflection on the post “The Shortest Poem or Flash Fiction Ever – Well, Maybe

Simple is usually better, clearer and easier to understand, but not always.  Sometimes a word is ambiguous.  It’s open ended, vague and cloaked in mystery.  Sometimes it’s unintentional, an accident.  Sometimes it is meant to be evasive and used to be deceptive or expansive.

Whether intentional or accidental a word or a phrase can be a Chameleon that is changeable depending on its surrounding context (like those who turn wherever the wind blows).

So, is the glass half full or half empty?  Well, it depends.  Are you an optimist or a pessimist?  How do you perceive things?  Maybe you are a bold problem solver who can end the discussion by drinking the wine and reach a definitive conclusion that the glass is empty.

Maybe a word or a phrase just carries a hidden double meaning that requires perspective to fully understand?  This was the problem with the “Three Blind Men Trying To Describe An Elephant” who each understood a partial truth but did not reach a full and complete understanding.

What is water?  Sounds like a silly question doesn’t it?  It’s something you drink, isn’t it?  Well, yes, but?  What is the real question?  Do you mean what is water made of?  H20.  How would you describe water?  There may be one really right and scientific way to answer but would it be wrong to say that water is gaseous or maybe a solid or no, it’s a liquid depending on what environment a set quantity of H20 is exposed to.

“Mean what you say and say what you mean” sounds good but sometimes words can be slippery!  Most men know this instinctively when they hear, “Honey, can you take out the trash?”  Of course, we answer, “Sure”.  Half an hour later when we are still in our chair watching the game and we hear the complaint, “You said, you were going to take the trash out, so how come it’s still here!!  Why can’t you do what you say you are going to do?” we become expert linguists and explain (instead of getting up and emptying the trash) “I told you I would take out the trash and I will, honest!  I just didn’t say, when!!  I will get it later“.

We think we are so clever!  Surprise!  That’s not all we get – way, way later (another ambiguous word – not for a few days or a week, maybe more?).  That’s when we discover that Our Honey can also be an expert linguist when she decides to teach us just how long later can be!  Her answer is, “Honey, I said I would.  I just didn’t say – When”.

A picture may be worth a thousand words but words or “a word” can describe in a precise and exquisite, excruciating or erotic way what a picture never can.  The realm of words is wider, deeper and more intense than a picture can usually convey.  Words can be ambiguous so if you see a photo of a couple longingly looking at each other while holding hands over wine or dancing cheek to cheek most times we can use our imagination but often times words will tell us so much more about the back story, the emotions, the intentions and of course the outcome!!  Sometimes we just like to know the answers to our questions – for sure.  No if’s, and’s or maybe’s.

There are times when we absolutely, positively want a definite, iron clad assurance in what a word means.  Like when you are getting tired of waiting to find out just how long “Later” can be and you ask, in a very plaintive way, “Honey, tonight?” and you hear an answer that has too much laughter in it’s tone, but not for you – “Perhaps . . .”

We men should really try and learn not to try and be so “Clever”.

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15 thoughts on “WHAT IS IT?? (WITH REFLECTIONS)

  1. Communication is a wonderful subject for study Charles. Some studies suggest that the spoken word accounts for only 7% of communication the rest being made up of body language, tone, pace etc. You may never have an answer to your question. A great post and reflections to think on though.

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    1. Yes, I have heard that too. So, does that mean the written word isn’t so powerful as an audio recording? Ha! I’ll stick with words, thank you very much.

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I have learned my lessons on “later”? LOL!

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      1. Just when you think you have mastered the meaning Charles it will change. That is the joy of the fairer sex they were designed to keep us on our toes. Hope all is well with you 🙂

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        1. To be sure! To be sure! I think that is part of the attraction – always changing variety – l think it may be like that instinctive and hypnotic allure that we get from watching the flame of a fire!?? Fire goes both ways, great for many things and really hot if you don’t respect it!!

          Yes, all is well, just spent two weeks with my Mom and Karen. It was fun but it did feel a little like driving Miss Daisy at times! LOL!! I didn’t mind. I got a lot of time in the car to write. Have fallen behind on keeping up though. Hope to get current in the next few days!

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    1. I love the way you think! Could be hopeless love sells more albums??? I like “overflowing”!! I think I’m going to deposit that to your account in my Word Bank and we will see if it pays you any dividends! Gold Stars if I end up using the word/phrase or idea as an inspiration for a poem of mine! Thanks for spending time with me!

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      1. Very happy you have a good spirit and your wife to enjoy your silly moments, too. Always feel free to enjoy words. I like that maybe sadness sells more albums because who hasn’t had their heart broken, at least once?

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        1. So glad to chit-chat!!! Yes, I am blessed!! Yes, haven’t we all. I have some great poems as momentos though! Ha!! That isn’t the reason the media doesn’t publish much “Good News” is it?

          Oh, please check out my “I Am Blessed” post!

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