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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug.


"FARBLONDJET"
-- an acrostic poem


For a traveler out and about, it's
Another unexpected twist in the route,
Road curving out of reach and
Beyond all reason:
Lost, adrift as if
On an ocean, and
Not only lost but
Desperately lost,
Journey wrenched awry in
Every way, past recovery, a failure
Total and complete in its trajectory.

* * *

Notes:

Acrostic poetry uses initial letters to spell a hidden message.  Learn to write acrostics, they're easy.

"Farblondjet" is a Yiddish word for lost.  It can be spelled a lot of different ways.  I like to define it as, "Not only lost, but so far lost that you not only don't know where you are or how to get where you're going, you don't even know how to get back to where you were when you did know those things."  I actually learned this from a Jewish character long before finding it in The Joy of Yiddish.  In our defense, we had just accidentally flung a space station halfway across the galaxy.

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Date: 2016-07-05 07:57 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
♫ But then one day I left my girl
I left her far behind me
And now I’m lost, so gone and lost
Not even God can find me ♪
    -- They Call The Wind Maria
(this is the Kingston Trio version, which is my favourite since I was big enough to put Daddy's album on his Gerard turntable... )
(This was recorded *live* at The Hungry I in SFO... that percussionist is killing it)
Edited (fix spacing) Date: 2016-07-05 08:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay!

Date: 2016-07-05 08:50 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
We just saw the whole "revisal" play (Paint Your Wagon) live on Father's Day... I *love* what they did to it. The musical numbers were all there - including this one - but instead of a lone Latino character and the rest "ordinary" white guys as the miners, there are a couple of Black freemen, a pair of Chinese brothers, a hard-drinking Irishman, and a slave, owned by the .... entrepreneur... who started the saloon. The only disappointments to me were that "Maria" was just sort of tagging along, and the actor playing Ben didn't give the song nearly as kick-ass a performance as the Trio did. The rest of the production was absolutely fabulous. I hope it gets enough mojo to warrant filming it. (Speaking of stage plays involving POC, I just heard this morning that they did, in fact, film Hamilton before Lin-Manuel flies the coop this Saturday... <3 <3 <3 <3 That guy is one of those guys who could read the phone book and sound good.)

My dad!

Date: 2016-07-05 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
My dad would get lost in a paper bag. I developed, out of self defense, an almost homing pigeon ability of GPS. I only got lost for a while when I was pregnant. Otherwise, it doesn't matter if it's memorized the map, going off of compass directions, or been told about the area, I can get where I'm going. I've heard the same about many autistic people, either completely farblondjet, or compared to live GPS, rarely in-between. :-D

Seriously, I gave him directions in Washington, D.C. when I was 5 years old because I wanted to stop driving around as we had for the last few HOURS and just get back to the hotel to go to sleep. :-D My grandfather bought us gas because he was afraid we'd run out! (Laughing with tears, good memory!)

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Date: 2016-07-05 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zanda-myrande.livejournal.com
Can it be spelled without its N?

No ...

Date: 2016-07-05 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
A search didn't turn up examples of that.

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Date: 2016-07-06 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terrycloth.livejournal.com
I think he's pointing out that you don't have an N line.

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Date: 2016-07-06 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zanda-myrande.livejournal.com
I was, yes. Sorry.

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Date: 2016-07-06 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Nice. I like it.

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Date: 2016-07-07 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kestrels-nest.livejournal.com
In our defense, we had just accidentally flung a space station halfway across the galaxy.

I'd love to know the story behind that!

*laugh*

Date: 2016-07-07 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
It's part of the future history of my main SF setting.

They had some problems getting graviton technology to work. The first big botch-up cracked the crust of the ocean near Hawaii, which required installing chillers to avoid boiling the nearby ocean. Whoopsie. So that got the project kicked off the planet.

Then they were trying to invent artificial gravity, and accidentally invented a stardrive instead. On a station that wasn't actually designed to go anywhere. It went though.

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