Enigma


I still don’t know
what it is.

I paw at it,
pet it
shine it up
only to have it run away.

Sometimes it’s a whisper,
sometimes an actual shape, smell,
taste on my tongue; other times
the constellation of a wish
in the star-spilled sky
just past my grasp
winking as if to say,
“I’m right here. Where are you?”

I tied a string to it once,
trying to make it stay,
but it comes and goes as it pleases
and that’s the point, I suppose
though I still have the uneasy feeling
there must be some trick to it
that I have yet to discover.

It does not come
in a six-pack.
I have checked.

 

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16 Responses to Enigma

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Written for the Sunday Whirl Wordle. To see the words and play along, click here:

    http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/wordle-50/

  2. brenda w says:

    This last stanza brought a big smile, and the rest has me reading again, and again. I love this.

  3. margo roby says:

    I was grinning by the second stanza. Something about the speaker’s tone. I adore the end and the cleverness of the riddle.

  4. jadepagepress says:

    Loved the last stanza… and the message of not this, not this.

  5. nan says:

    Great last stanza! The poem searches and searches for it… and the message of “not this, not this,” comes through. Nicely done.

  6. vivinfrance says:

    The whole poem has that “on the tip of my tongue” feeling. It is compelling reading., thought provoking.

  7. Mr. Walker says:

    De, love that last stanza. And like, Brenda, it made me immediately go back and read the whole thing again. Delightful. Love what you did with those wordle words.

    Richard

  8. A very clever ending indeed, De. Definitely worthy of more than one read.

    Pamela

  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    REALLY enjoyed this, De!

  10. I think you’re talking about inspiration, yes? It for sure doesn’t come in a six-pack. I like the analogy.

  11. seingraham says:

    And I thought you might identify it as the muse but I think leaving the enigma a mystery is much more effective … nicely done.

    http://nsaynne.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/forgotten-charms/

  12. pmwanken says:

    Oh, the enviable whimsy of my dear friend de. I have heard you describe others’ writing as making you both (a) want to quit writing and (b) want to never stop writing. That is what your words do for me.

    *hugs*

  13. whimsygizmo says:

    Thank you all, so much. Paula, please choose (b). 😉

  14. JulesPaige says:

    Our muses are they not enigmas? I enjoyed every word. Oh De, please do choose ‘b’ also, Your enchantment with words needs to continue!

  15. Traci B says:

    Love, love, love this poem, de! I’m going with “inspiration” as the identity of the enigma, since that’s how my inspiration tends to act. 🙂

    Terrific, inventive use of the wordle.

  16. Shawna says:

    I love this. And in the title, I see “An Ick-Ma.” That’s how I feel a lot of the time.

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