Somewhere between a chuckle and a snort –
this word invented by Lewis Carroll.
No one quite sure of the wordsmith’s
original intended meaning and pronunciation.
(He let the word speak for itself),
it’s precise nomenclature
in the common vernacular
summarily up for grabs.
with the invention of a Word
(perhaps, an immortal chortle)
entering into the vernacular
and no one’s quite sure now
of its original meaning and intent . . .
as endlessly in a cacophony of fear and desire
we assert, opine, question and debate,
while the Wordsmith looks on,
lips pursed behind an upraised finger
in ambiguous silence,
letting the Word speak for Itself.
O child of God, Meher said, ‘Life is a jest’ –
surely worthy of a chuckle and a snort.