Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "FARBLONDJET"

This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug.


"FARBLONDJET"
-- an acrostic poem


For a traveler out and about, it's
Another unexpected twist in the route,
Road curving out of reach and
Beyond all reason:
Lost, adrift as if
On an ocean, and
Not only lost but
Desperately lost,
Journey wrenched awry in
Every way, past recovery, a failure
Total and complete in its trajectory.

* * *

Notes:

Acrostic poetry uses initial letters to spell a hidden message.  Learn to write acrostics, they're easy.

"Farblondjet" is a Yiddish word for lost.  It can be spelled a lot of different ways.  I like to define it as, "Not only lost, but so far lost that you not only don't know where you are or how to get where you're going, you don't even know how to get back to where you were when you did know those things."  I actually learned this from a Jewish character long before finding it in The Joy of Yiddish.  In our defense, we had just accidentally flung a space station halfway across the galaxy.
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