You hear them on the wooden floor
so soft and slightly creaking,
yet you know you are alone,
just what is it that’s come creeping?They dance and spin,
stirring up the dust of passing time,
of memories long forgotten,
of past emotions, bittersweet,
and motions once begotten.You see their prints upon the ground,
you hear their pause and flitting sounds
but when you turn around
to catch their flight
they are gone
…all is still and light.
~ Ella Patrice
I often find that when I am going through my photos one or two of them spark something in my brain. That spark in turn starts a lyrical, poetic vein and I do what I can to capture the flow in writing. This song from the soul poem came to me when I saw this blurry image of my feet (accidental phone dropping creates the most interesting photos!) and as I was editing it, the words all but poured out of me. I hope you enjoyed it!
Namaste ~ Ella
Word Nerd is an on-going feature that shares and highlights unique, whimsical and sometimes forgotten or overlooked words. It’s dedicated to the logophile in us all.
Impecunious is a word meaning poor or destitute, but in a habitual or consistent way. When I first came across impecunious (I heard it on Poldark, which is surprising simply because between the sweeping landscapes and Aidan Turner I’m surprised I heard anything, tee-hee!) all I could think about (after the episode was long over, ahem) were all of the characters that it could describe. From Skimpole in Bleak House to Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility, to Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, to Poldark, these characters were impecunious. History is also chock full of the impecunious – think Marie Antoinette and Josephine for two such examples. Impecuniousness is not a crime, nor does it make for a bad character, however, impecuniosity can provide grounds for highlighting a person’s disposition. If they are diligent and kind-hearted, their being impecunious can be the result of bad luck and too much generosity. If they are lazy and leeching then their impecuniousness is merely an excuse for their parasitical, self-absorbed needs.
Gambling can easily lead to an impecunious state.
I really like the word impecunious and I keep finding new ways to almost abuse utilizing it. What do you think of it (also, anyone else watching Poldark)?
Namaste ~ Ella
*Check out the Word Nerd Index and my Word Nerd Pinterest Board for other superb words!
** If there’s a word you’d like to see added to the Word Nerd roster, please feel free to drop me a line or suggest it in the comments – I love feedback and recommendations!
*Image is a detail from the 1791 Thomas Rowlandson drawing of the Duchess of Devonshire and her sister the Viscountess Duncannon at a gambling table.
Life is all about perspective and perspective is completely subjective. It’s that truth that provides the uniquely fluid abilities that perspective has and shines a light on the power each of us has over our own choice of perspective. How we choose to perceive what is presented to us in each moment of living shapes our thoughts, emotions, experiences, and ultimately, our lives. How do you shape your perspective, or perhaps the better question is, how do you choose to shape your perspective?
Namaste ~ Ella
~ Monday Mantras are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Monday Mantras Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!