From Writing Notebook 2021.
Fry a skillet of soap and water
breathe in that delicious steam
Renew your enthusiasm for life
with this point by point syllabus
Retrain all your senses!
How about another plate of cyan
brushed on with soft chamois cloth
It couldn’t be anything but
Already you snap your fingers
like a Geiger counter
or a set of castanets
Either will do. Dance!
12 thoughts on “Synesthesia”
This caught my eye because I do have a bit of synesthesia. It’s a topic of conversation often at our family dinners with children arguing what colors the days of the week are, and their spouses rolling their eyes. 🤣
I have always thought that words had “faces” – they look a certain way that is not always related to what they mean – and of course letters are even more that way. I don’t have synesthesia the way you mention, but I tend to anthropomorphize everything, so I get the drift of what you are saying. People who don’t think this way, it seems to me the world is less interesting!
Yes, I can see letters and words having faces.
And the way words are spelled matters, too–they have different personalities. Grey is much different than gray. 😏
Yes, exactly. I’ve always been a good speller and intensely dislike misspellings for just this reason, it destroys the word’s looks and personality
And sometimes words disguise themselves, become unrecognizable. At least to me.
You know, words never do for me. Faces, though, impossible for me to hold in my head.
I have trouble identifying many things these days…
I like the way you connect all of the senses through your word choices in this poem in order to communicate that experience of synesthesia. I do not have synesthesia but my husband does. He has strong and specific colour associations with certain experiences. Aren’t brains interesting?
The crossroads in our minds, the routes that thoughts can take-endlessly surprising. What makes life exciting.
I had no idea synesthesia was a thing. I think I have it! Since a child I connect the letter R with the numeric three. I still do. No idea why. Don’t have it with the other letters or numbers. I’ll be alert to other stuff as they come up.
It’s interesting, synesthesia. And a really nice way to experience the world, I think!
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