Hidden in a corner filled
with the the dusty smell
of old books and lingering
yawns the weight
of paper, I am nonplussed
at the heaviness of words
on paper held down
by a paperweight
and, when I fold them into corners,
they gain in weight,
treasures in my ink-stained hands
while I illatebrate.

How can paper be so light
yet carry so much weight?

Kim M. Russell 2nd April 2022

lucky stone, paperweight, leave, romance, text, indoors, table, publication, communication, still life

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On the second day of Na/GloPoWriMo, the prompt challenges us to write a poem based on a word featured in a tweet from Haggard Hawks, an account devoted to obscure and interesting English words. I chose the word ‘illatebrate’, posted on 23rd March 2022, meaning to hide in a corner, which I seem to have been doing this past couple of years, mostly reading and writing.

23 thoughts on “Illatebrating

    1. Great minds and all that! I have been staying away from dVerse and all the other prompt sites be a use I would be tempted to join in. I took my first step back into the wider poetry community yesterday for NaPoWriMo. I will pop over to your website for a read.

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  1. Yeah, the weight words —spoken or written — carry is immeasurable.
    Words can uplift or put one in the dumps.
    Loved what you said here. Relatable and true to my feelings on the subject. Thanks Kim. Lovely. Xoxo

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      1. This is one of those things about Twitter–turns out I follow Susy Dent, not that you’d know it from the number of times the algorithm has shown me her tweets (never).

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      2. Surprisingly yes! It must be the booster, I might be one of those people who don’t get Covid, or my immune system was strengthened by all that shielding.

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      3. He had a temperature on Monday and Tuesday, together with an all-over ache, and now it’s more like man-flu. We went for a short walk this afternoon and he had a nap afterwards. He seems a bit better. Thank you for asking, Marilyn.


  2. Perhaps it’s the hiding in a corner that you refer to that has lead you to find gold such as these two lines :
    “How can paper be so light
    yet carry so much weight?”

    Wow! Love them.

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  3. This is one of those “of course” poems: it clarifies, illustrates, illuminates something we all feel, and you read it and think “of course”

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