golden, crumbling, empty;
the day sighs, tired,
and grows older;
I taste iron
in my mouth
Clouds swim slowly
through the sea,
the grey and flat,
and we walk
and walk and walk,
not hand in hand
but closed, partitioned,
each his own
and hazy island
Our late afternoon
hums the melody
of waves washing over our bare feet,
of pine-trees whispering in the warm breeze,
of our muggy fear
that things could last,
that things could end
As we walk
along the golden beach,
crumbling, empty, tired,
but refuse to flow,
and our half-silences
imprisoning the grey, flat sea,
the sinking afternoon,
the golden clouds,
the sultry sky
Our burning truths, unspoken,
make my gums bleed
and fill my mouth
with ash and iron
I feel the ocean in my head,
Feel waves sloshing in,
Breaking on the shores
Of my finitude,
And I long to build castles
Upon black clouds,
To sleep on Eastern winds,
To feast on the fragile plinks
And plunks of rain harps
While a thin orange line
Explodes on the horizon
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When I opened my Twitter account, honestly, I really didn't understand how this new social media could be interesting for me. I simply followed a trend: everybody, or so it seemed, was tweeting; thus, I had to be a Tweetee, too. True enough, more often than not, people were either tweeting about the pizza they were currently eating in Cincinatti or they were puffing their wares.
Moreover, I found that the 140 signs you were allowed to use restricted my expression quite severly. How could I possibly trigger off interesting debates in 140 signs? I found it hard to be creative with only so few signs.
But lately, I realized that there's one field where this limitation can be rather fun without restricting my creativity. I'm talking about Twitter games, or rather: wordplays. If you want to be good at that sport, you have to be concise, because in this area, less is more.
It's my online friend, the fabulous writer and musician Jessica Bell (@MsBessieBell), who first started the really funny hashtag #Jessicasdictionary. I often read her inputs and soon decided to join in. In a short time, she has managed to compile a heap of existing words that, in a postmodern approach I found at the same time intellectually stimulating and hilarious, she deconstructed and reconstructed in order to give them a new meaning. One of my favourites is for example: "ANTIFUNGAL: Girls just don’t wanna have fun". Got it? In the meantime, she has moved the whole game from a hashtag to a full-blown website with its own Twitter profile (@DegDic) and Facebook-account. On the website, you can check out how the game works; there's also her "partner in crime", Adam Byatt, who talks about it on his blog.
So, I've decided to start my own Twitter game. Rather than to follow the same reasoning I saw behind Jessica's approach, I wanted my game to give even more freedom to its players. I thought, hey, let's start to invent new words! Isn't that somehow what creativity is all about? Of course, by playing that game, we won't use proper words but rather create new ones, "improper" ones. That's why the hashtag I created is called #dietersimproperwords.
And here is how I imagined this game to work. It's very simple:
- Take an existing word. My very first tweet, for instance, was using the word "handkerchief". Another one was using "woodpecker". A third one was using "fishmonger".
- Change and twist that basic word. Take out a letter, change a letter, add a syllable. Thus, "handkerchief" became "wankerchief". "Woodpecker" became "Hollywoodpecker". "Fishmonger", "wishmonger".
- Create a definition for that new word, dictionary-style. E.g. "wankerchief: small square of soft absorbent material you use when you jerk of". Or "Hollywoodpecker: a male actor's weenie". Or "wishmonger: a retailer of hopes".
- Tweet it under the hashtag #dietersimproperwords and, if you want me to have a laugh, too (I'd be more than pleased!), add me (@dietermoitzi).
I hope that my own offerings, which already include the utopian student carreer that starts with whyschool and leads to lolege or loonyversity, will make you laugh, too.
This is an open game, everybody can participate. All I'd like to ask you is to refrain from being racist, violent, homophobic or sexist. But other than that: be creative, be funny, be poetic, be inventive, be dirty, be nasty, be cynical, be crazy, be new, be you!
I hope that you will join in that game and that we'll soon have a great, big dictionary of those fabulous new words our world definitely lacks sometimes!
Three elementary rules concerning time
1. When you refer to your work, you shall always and rigorously round up the remaining time.
Note that each started day counts as a finished day.
Example: On a Wednesday morning, you can say to your colleagues, "Only two days left!"
2. When you refer to your age before you're 18, you shall always round up the remaining years, months, days.
Note that anyway, you're much more mature than many of those gross grown-ups, aren't you?
Example: You're fifteen, and your mom tells you to be home at 11 p.m. First whine, "But Mom! I'm almost 18!" Then, confronted with her I-won't-budge-and-you-had-better-stop-it-right-now face, sulk.
3. However, when you refer to your age after you've celebrated your *cough-cough*-ieth birthday, you shall always and generously round off the years you've already lived.
Note that generous means like really big-time generous!
Example: You try on that hip jean, and when the vendor—who cannot even be almost eighteen! Aren't there any laws against child labour anymore?—only smirks, you tell him, "That's exactly what I need for my 29th birthday* celebration!"
* Note that you should adjust this number according to what the mirror REALLY tells you, though. Anything from 29 to 35 goes, as a rule.
These are the tracks I've discovered and listened to last month. They are not necessarily new launches but they are sure masterpieces. Check them out and enjoy!
Progressive / Electronic Music
- Henrik Schwarz - Take Words In Return (Carl Craig Vocal Remix)
- Solee - Sommerliebe (Original Mix)
- Qoob - Storm (Original Mix)
- Feri - Warm Embrace (Youngen Remix)
- Roland M Dill - Tzycho (Original Mix)
- AudioStorm - Across The Border (MiraculuM's Universal Mix)
- Darin Epsilon - Cosmic Discovery (Kastis Torrau & Arnas D Remix)
- Cloud Boat - Youthern (fLako Remix)
- Alessandro Diga - End Of This Road (Original Mix)
- Hells Kitchen - Voice In My Head (Original Mix)
- Pensees - Last Breath (Original Mix)
- Henry Saiz - Love Mythology (Original Mix)
- Spitbastard - Mélancolère (Original Mix)
- Pig & Dan - On A Train Update (Christian Smith Remix)
- Sid Le Rock - Lake Superior (Original Mix)
- Antrim - Labyrinth ( Gai Barone Remix)
- Tvardovsky - Two Souls (Luis Bondio & Cesar Lombardi Remix)
- Roy Harper - Another Day
- Emmylou Harris - Till I Gain Control Again
- This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
Tracklist compiled thanks to some fantastic artists who, day after day, make me discover new tunes (to quote only a few: Gai Barone, Damin Hansford, Sasha Le Monnier, Blake Baltimore, and many more…)