An Optimist's Etymology

September 15, 2017
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it's funny to me
how words are my home
but they bewilder me still

how can one word mean so many different things
how does a nameless, weightless sensation get its name
how can a collection of letters be assigned meaning and significance

why are strawberries red
why are they called strawberries
when they don't look at all like straws
and who decided to call red red

the fact that there are 196 countries on this planet
and that each one has a slightly different way to say love
confuses me more than anything

love is the universal language after all
so why must it carry so many different names

perhaps it would be better
if we left that sensation nameless
if we let it just float in the air as it does
if we left it weightless, like it makes us feel

if we never spoke the word love
but just
felt it the way we wanted to






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