Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chortle


Chortle                                                                                                       

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.

Creation began
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.


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