The Three Oddest Words When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past. When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it. When I pronounce the word Nothing, I make something no non-being can hold. Wisława Szymborska (1923 - 2012) Translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh
Poets do like playing with words. And the choice of words is always a consideration. And so too the way they will present themselves when pronounced. An example is HIS, a wonderful word to be used when talking about a snake in a poem. So, if you are considering creating a poem about a snake make it masculine.
Looking at the three words in the above. Future is a two-syllable word. It is really a past/present word when split into syllables and pronounced. And so does that make all one-syllable words present, well until you release pronunciation of the syllable and then it fades into the past. Well, of course it is continually fading as the sound of the syllable dissipates. In the example of HIS, perhaps you should hold that sound when reading to make that snake a vicious one about to bite the listener.
Silence is not a word to have in a poem for it destroys the intent of what the poet is trying to create. Is it better to have a pause instead when reading the work? And how do you create a pause and hold a break when reading a poem?
Nothing is of course something for NOTHING is beyond comprehension.
So here is a sonnet which contains the word SILENCE … but I am asking the reader not to say the word SILENCE but to make a twenty second break. So that when it is read it is no longer a sonnet – so to speak (sorry about that!).
Wind and Sun Wind and sun give us a choice, shouting with their voice. SILENCE
Drenching rain, din, din, din soaked again to the skin. And to add overwhelming proof some are climbing on the roof. Some think of building a new arc but cut down trees to make a start. Our children know better though, they're being taught the way to go.
Wind and sun give us a choice, shouting with their voice. SILENCE
Well, we are experiencing unprecedented flooding in Eastern Australian!