Resolute to Lick and Tell

Words, like the taste of a favorite food or the delight found in a shared moment of passion, change with time and experience. In years past, I watched whatever was on TV while eating apple after apple after apple… until my blood turned into lethargic sauce.

I’ve grown—I no longer consume whatever is put in front of me, just because it’s there or given seemingly free. I’ve lived, therefore I think.

I shall take last year’s words and taste them with the care reserved for the unknown. I’m resolute to lick and tell, taking tales thought too old and touching them light and deep… until they evolve into next year’s wows.

with the gone year’s tongue
resolute to lick and tell—
my words voiced anew

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Susie Clevenger, at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, invited word lovers to welcome 2015 with “Bits of Inspiration”. One of her offers was the following quote, by T. S. Eliot: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language/And next year’s words await another voice.” Having always been in love with Señor Eliot’s words, I couldn’t resist adding my bit. Poetry offers a brilliantly fluid frame for New Year’s resolutions. 


“Rebirth”, by Dylan Guest
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    1. Not necessarily. I will just nibble on them differently. ;-)

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  2. I look forward to reading those tales in 2015, Magaly!

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    1. And I look forward to your book!

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  3. This sounds like a productive resolution, Magaly. I never get the sense that a piece of writing is necessarily finished. Merely in a state of suspension. I'm sure your old words have plenty of flavour for new work.

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    1. Indeed. We can always add, tweak, and write some more.

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  4. I had to smile about the apples. Every night, my husband cuts two apples into 10 pieces each. He gives me 6 pieces, and shares the other 14 with the dog. We could forget about it, but the dog reminds us. At 9:30 pm, she wakes up and prances around as energetically as an old dog can.
    You have done beautifully with Señor Eliot’s words here.
    I hope you have an año nuevo felicidad.
    K

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    1. I hope you know that now I won't be able to eat my nightly apple without thinking about the ritual you share with your hubby and that old girl. ;-)

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  5. Words have the best taste, as Milo found. I hope this year's are lickably-good!

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  6. Looking forward to new tales!

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  7. Love it. How brilliantly you wove your resolution. Old words become new when rearranged with new thoughts. Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge!!

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    1. It was a yummy challenge, Susie. Thanks a bunch for sharing it!

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  8. Ah.. they say one apple keeps the doctor away.. but moderation is perhaps best... Love the resolution of words.. take the best ones and bring them on.. we will all have a new language..

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    1. Ah, new languages to delight in... yum!

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  9. I've always been an Eliot fan too!

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    1. What's not to love. I suspect I'll re-read "The Waste Land" this year.

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  10. I am tying a large napkin about my neck in preparation for the feast that will come from such lickable re-tellings! Yummmmmm!

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    1. I'm excited about rereading and rewriting. I was sad when I had to reschedule last year. Right now, I understand that it was for the best, but it still stings a bit. Easy does it though, right?

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  11. I love recycled words made into new products. Excited to see yours this years : )

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  12. I like your classical use of the word "apple" in this as a symbol of sin and mistakes. The truth is that we live and learn and therefore we learn to live. If that makes any sense. There are some days where I'll bite into that apple even if the risks are high because I enjoy the taste, but then there are days that I will eat an orange instead. I swear the all maker created oranges as the perfect example of a fruit. What other fruits do you know of that are bred to be eaten in perfectly cut pieces? Enjoy this new year we are coming into.

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    1. Balance has always been such a great advice; one much more attainable and more realistic then abstinence, isn't it? I like the idea of eating the apple because of the taste, but remembering that it isn't the only fruit... the same has been said about orange. And yes, that's a wonderfully crafted sphere of yum: from scent to structure. ;-)

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  13. Old words turn into new ones. Languages changes constantly. People change constantly. My past year was horrible, amazing, demanding, freeing...now I feel better what I've felt for a long time. Happy and creative new year to you Magaly :)

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    1. Indeed. The some word can accomplish wonderful and horrible things. It's always up to us...

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  14. Aren't you on to Mangoes, these days, love?

    Eliot and Mangoes - now, there's a treat !

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    1. If I ever tell you that I'm not into mangoes, just shoot me and run... something mean and with no taste for wonderful fruit just snatched my body. I just ate an enormous mango, by the way. ;-D

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  15. Lovely care about your words. I love this line: 'I’m resolute to lick and tell, taking tales thought too old and touching them light and deep… until they evolve into next year’s wows.' ~ Brilliant! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Humbird. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  16. enjoyed your haibun immensely; i can taste each word sweet and savoury.

    http://myblog-verses.blogspot.com/2015/01/bits-of-inspiration-happy-new-year.html

    Happy New Year ☆´,•*´¨★ Ձ๏15

    much love...

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  17. So much passion in your words...I truly believe you will do as you resolve :D XXX

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    1. If you and I believe in me, then I will. ♥

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  18. Rebirth, lick and tell... Liking the sounds of them New Year New York resolutions. BTW picked the first orbs of the season off our mango laden tree yesterday, the delightful texture, weight, scent and taste of that fruit is natures fleshy gift.

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    1. My eyes just widened (with pure imaginative greed) at the words "mango laden tree". How lucky! Nature truly adores you!

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  19. ... And words and tales are yours Ms Wicked x

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    1. ...and I adore you, too, it seems. ;-D

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  20. Green apples and sharp cheddar cheese were my everyday favorite when I was pregnant with my first son...

    I enjoy where your words took this famous quote, Magaly...powerful and decisive. :)

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    1. My Piano Man LOVES apples and cheese. Hm, I better check... he might be pregnant! ;-D

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  21. I always look forward to everything you do ;o)

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