Monday, October 13, 2014

Semantic satiation

They say if you repeat a word
up to three times a second
for 15 seconds

that's enough for
the word to
lose its meaning.

You thought
it was too soon for me to feel anything,
you never truly believed it.

I add my love
to one hopeless sentence,
make it my last.

I find it hard these days
 to place it
in context.

12 comments:

  1. I love how you go from kind of a nonsense phenomenon to a specific emotional situation. You da bomb, girl.

    But...you've forgotten me. *sob*

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  2. the last part of poem put the first part into context.. great when one comes to the end and feel the necessity to go back and read.

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  3. Sometimes, no matter how often you repeat the same thing, the meaning remains jumbled to an unwilling listener.

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    1. Words and rules can change meaning in their travels from mouth to ear.

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  4. What Kerry said, exactly so.

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  5. How to communicate the heartache of unrequited love? Just. Like. This.

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  6. Others say it takes repeating three times to remember. But only presence retains the meaning in the sentence--as you so aptly and poetically say.

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  7. soooo true. very touching.

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  8. Love hurts, and yet we need it in our lives still. Nice work.

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  9. Love hurts, but when we write the feelings, they seem to fade away for a moment.

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