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    by  • May 1, 2009 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    On this, the last day of National Poetry Month, the least I can do is offer a verse of my own.


    treppenwitz is a word that means
    “a clever remark that comes to mind
    when it is too late to utter it”
    (of course, you have to be speaking
    German for it to make sense)

    In New Guinea when they want
    to speak of “the truth everybody
    knows but nobody speaks”
    they say mokita

    tonight in America I wished
    for a word in any language
    that captures what it means
    for old friends to share a meal
    and feed each other with love
    and laughter, relishing the
    fragrance and fortitude of
    what it means to be together

    the best I can do (in two words)
    is, “thank you”



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    3 Responses to vocabulary

    1. May 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

      This is so cool Milton. I experience treppenwitz ever so often

    2. May 4, 2009 at 3:42 am

      Ha ha, I love that German word. It’s a new one for me! Will have to use it if I ever return.

    3. May 8, 2009 at 2:00 am

      i just found your blog…and i love your poetry. really. (gotta love the links on links on links)

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