Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dreich

R.A.D. Stainforth's lovely read...he knows how to pronounce it...

It starts small and slim,
Hard as diamonds

The irresistible urge swells
Until it softens amoebic,
Wobbles together,

Turns its mind to pleasure,
Hell-bent on growing
Plump with desire.

It streams the windshield,
Before the wipers beat
It to the finish,

With the breathed-on speed
Of a shooting star.


tk/December 2012

dreich:  a combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather

photo by Andy Magee

44 comments:

  1. Make me a windshield of your dreich

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  2. Make me a windshield of your dreich

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  3. A wonderful piece all about a word I did not know.

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  4. i love it...yes that describes our weather here too... though it is quite warm this morning

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  5. took me back to rainy scottish days on the farm...xx

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  6. I still enjoy watching raindrops race each other down window panes... Thanks for this reminder. :)

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  7. Sensual lesson in meteorology. Had my professor taught us like this, I'd have enjoyed the course much more!

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  8. gorgeous, the sensuality of rain and a subtle intelligence.

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  9. Lovely biography of raindrops, and may I offer my heartfelt joy upon the use of the word 'dreich'!

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  10. You blow my mind every time, Tess. You are an amazing poet. Love the opening, especially:

    "It starts small and slim,
    Hard as diamonds ―
    The irresistible urge swells
    Until it softens amoebic"

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  11. You remind me of why I love miserable weather so much. What a great write.

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  12. ... I feel like dancing in the rain. Lovely poetry.

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  13. The weather is much on our minds. I wonder, Do you find the picture first or the words?

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  14. Fine writing, but I thought dreich was Hitler's dream land. :-)

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  15. our "dreich" is more like blowing 50mph sideways snow...is there a word for that? A very sexy take on such grisly weather....cheers Tess -

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  16. Urges hard as diamonds- hmmm Ill have to ruminate on that one :)

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  17. Lovely imagery, I especially like your last stanza.

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  18. Very subtle imagery. Do you get "dreich" in Central Ohio? We don't get much else . . .

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  19. ...def writing Tess... your words, be it in rough or light subject, are just so smooth to read... sad - was the impact of this image to me so i wrote something gloomy in response to this... smiles...

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  20. Sort of like today...and sounds much like "dreck"..yeah, I know...
    "plump with desire", good as always...
    Happy days ahead for you and yours.

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  21. Drats, it's a drab weather but lovely take Tess!

    Hank

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  22. My goodness, this whole poem is a double entendre! Reading to both meanings, it is spot on.

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  23. Wow Tess , going drivng for you sounds fun !, beautifully embroidered word quilt , merry xmas !, though its mid summer down here , im confused and always have been

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  24. Lovely stuff and much can be read into it...

    Anna :o]

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  25. Those final two lines knocked me out (the rest had already taken my breath away). Wonderful.

    Happy Holidays to you, Tess.

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  26. This is an awesome blog.Continue to keep up the very good operate. I completely enjoyed reading your blog.

    Unlimited Movies

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  27. Any chance R.A.D. might do one of these readings in his knickers? I mean, we've already seen his cigarette...

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  28. I always learn great new words here Tess! I will never look at rain on the windshield quite that same! :-)

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  29. I think I'll be paying more attention to my windshield than to the road the next time it rains :)

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  30. Not just a delightful verse, but a new word as well! My day is made!

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  31. The imagery and layers make for an almost sensual write, wonderful

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  32. I've been missing my blog-hopping habit and I wanted to stop by and say, "Hello, friend. Merry Christmas."

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  33. First, the piece dashes headlong on coldly sensuous paths of least resistance until we realize with a pinch (from some occult hand) just how distracted we have been, all the wet days of our lives, by the liquid, teeming improv artists trouping across all corners of our eyes as we drive.

    Second, at some point this man should do the books on tape for the official Oxford English.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree on your second statement...

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  34. Say, hm.

    The prior comment, I should note, is more of a cumulative read. First impression was much more tentative and slow-to-pool. It built up into streams of repeated exposure.

    I only mention because my comment gives too much an impression of deluge, and that's not really warranted from within the text.

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  35. Tess,Bestest Wishes For Christmas X

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  36. Merry Christmas Tess! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...

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  37. Merry Christmas, dear friends...best wishes for a lovely 2013...(!)

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  38. Great word! That's what describes it here today.

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