Friday, December 19, 2008

Touch. Stone. Love.

I love it when I hear words that
touch my soul - that carve themselves in my heart
as if it were a stone.
Like when you spoke to me the other day
and used all the words you could possibly find
in your lexicon to tell me how you felt about me,
when all you were really saying was that you love me.
Typically I prefer your stone-cold straight-up style of speech
but this time, I found myself wanting your touch as I listened
and I contemplated the effort it took for you to find those words
and use them to craft meanings and messages
evoking love. It can be a heavy feeling, I know.
It can come crashing down on you like an avalanche of stones
when it's felt but remains unexpressed.
You managed to touch my soul.
My heart was your slab of stone
as you used your words to sculpt into shape
your strong, beautiful love.

© 2008 PGB

Earlier this year I was signing up to receive a website's newsletter and had to create a screenname. Instead of one of my usuals, I decided to step outside of my box of "Tricia/Trish" permutations, flex my creative prowess and come up with something unique. I decided to use the first three words that came to my mind as a screenname. Those words were touch, stone and love (surprise surprise!) and they came to me in that order.

I don't know why those words came to mind at all. I hadn't come across anything I could deem a touchstone, and while I enjoy Stone Love I hadn't listened to any of their mixtapes or been to any of their parties in quite some time. I thought touchstonelove was a good screenname though - and something about the combination screamed "play with me!" I love playing with words - and so I decided that I would challenge myself by playing around with the three words and see what would result. And there, you have it - concocted while on break at work today.

Now that you know the back story, it might be interesting for you to reread the piece and see if you feel differently about it. Or maybe not. Or maybe you might be interested in checking out a couple of other pieces of mine that came about as a result of me commencing in some wordplay: Assonance (Acid) and Miss Birch.

Writing this one was fun.

1 comment:

Kofi Bofah said...

Touch. Stone. Love.