Words and the Mystery Solution

Written by Mark Wm Smith

An overeducated, blue-collar cowboy, Mark Wm Smith grew up on along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Eastern Montana. Raised by a long haul trucker and a bartending waitress, Mark learned the hard ways of the modern frontier, scraping life from the unforgiving high chaparral.

May 24, 2018

When my grandson turned 2, I realized: That’s the same age I was at his age. Probably true for you as well. All three of us made it this far.

It makes me think of poetry. I am planning a chapbook of poems. I might even publish it someday. I thought of calling it “Dammit! Let’s Get Moving!”

Here’s the opening gambit…


First Words

growing bolder by the minute
pulls at his internal voice
sensory overload
in touch with greater magnitude
his eye spies all that catches
light, whether furry, scratchy,
smooth, or bright, sends him 
reeling like the top that spins
and wobbles to the ground
his attention gathering power
tasting this and chewing that
filling up his insides with the sounds
pushing all toward his surface
“look out” “don’t touch” “stop that”
he might explode, instead
the words he’s heard a hundred times
come out, “Dammit!”

                                          August 27, 2014


First words set a tone. They pull a theme toward the life we will live. Or perhaps, reveal the mystery of who we are.

Does this revelation come from the seeds our progenitors sow? Is it a gurgle in the stream of our existence? Or the bedrock we set our visceral structure upon?

First words set the tone for life.

What were yours?

1 Comment

  1. Sean

    Heck if I know: my recall is horribly flawed, and all those data hide from prying thoughts. Prolly, “Mine!”, as I have a sister only a year younger.


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