Emotional Vocabulary


“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.”
— Jack Gilbert


Words are powerful symbols and yet so inadequate. We all throw around words like love and faith and democracy yet we use very different definitions of the words. Yet the internet runs on misunderstandings that abound from people not agreeing on vocabulary. The average argument on FaceBook or any other social media more than adequately backs this up. Yet there are feelings that we have that if there was ever a word for it then it has been lost to antiquity. Words that describe and impart levels of emotional pain and joy that bliss and despair don’t begin to cover. Words that describe unrecoverable lost love and words that speak of what its like to mourn someone who hasn’t physically left but still has vanished forever.
If only we could find a vocabulary of the soul to express these concepts. Maybe at least, we could agree on their definitions.
Blessings, G


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ChoicesChoices by G A Rosenberg


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0 thoughts on “Emotional Vocabulary”

  1. Yes, indeed, we do lack words for the things that really matters. It is strange how strong we are depending on the words to express ourselves, I have learned that as much as ninety percent of our language is non-verbal.
    Thank you for sharing you thoughts, warmest regards from Tussila =)


    Wandering – long banished from wondering
    This barren lost vocabulary – unhallowing

    Words and concepts dreamed into being
    Then dreamed into the material of being

    Glued a k to each passing now moment
    I know – You don’t – Ongoing argument

    Th’Aethereal hypnotised as Smith n Jones
    Cemented – clay and limestone – stones

    Stagger from audit to audit, from bill to bill
    Sisyphus, cloned interminably, climbs the hill

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