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,
entering the common vernacular
and summarily up for grabs.
He let the word speak for itself -
(his lips now forever sealed).
with the invention of a Word
(perhaps, an immortal chortle)
entering 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.