‘Lose your words in a high wind’ – my grandma’s favourite poem what I wrote like.


‘Lose your words in a high wind’

Farewells flung at parting trains,

And thrown from cliffs

To sailing ships.

Retorts muttered as asides

The thees, the prithies, the thou arts.

Radios left on;

No-one hears, forgotten song.


I asked my grandad where they’d gone,

Where they went

All these squandered, wasted words?

He smiled and winked a knowing eye,

Before he gave this subsequent reply:


“My boy,” said he, ”these wasted words, as you say,

Are wasted not at all,

For each and everyone of them,

Is completely recyclable.

They board passing breezes,

And are whipped up in high winds.

And so they journey to the sky,

To the lexical Lost and Found they go,

(a place of which few humans know).

Here they’re stored amongst the stars

but seldom are they claimed.

Despite being perfectly alphabeticalised,

In cloudy cabinets in the skies”.


Here he paused, strangely lost in the cosmos up above,

“But these words do no stay,

To fester and to vegetate,

The plumbing’s poor, there’s often leaks,

So they return, mixing in the air,

Whenever it precipitates.

They amalgamate, they merge, form foreign links,

Only to once again be gathered,

Accidentally, serendipitously,

Into our vocabulary”.


I asked my granddad how he knew,

And why he looked so strained.

“My boy,” said he, “It’s I who edit the dictionary,

And it’s just begun to rain”.


About Gary Baggings

Andrea is a former farm girl who is currently living and working in London. She spends her days writing words for other people, and the long nights penning her own. When she grows up she wants to be cleverer than she is now and run an emporium of some sort. For no good reason, and against sound advice, she writes under an inexplicable pen name, visit www.garybaggings.wordpress.com for more.

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