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Sesquipedalia Verba

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At first I mistook you for my own shadow
under the shroud
Of the horizon, in a pale early morning, when
a burst of misty blue
Words -spilling out of your eyes-
made me wake up:

' Don't judge yourself —A judge can be
easily bought
And do not let anybody show you a glimpse

of the future
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Sesquipedalia Verba
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: life
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[Author's note: ]

'Sesquipedalia verba' = sesquipedalian: a very long word (a foot and a half long: Horace, Ars Poetica) : long and ponderous words or expressions.

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You can read also my Italian version: ' PAROLE SESQUIPEDALI '.

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Michael Walker 10 November 2019

The photo reminds me of a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The words spoken by this unnamed person have had their effect on you, for sure. It is true that 'A judge can be/ easily bought'. I like your metaphor, ' walking down the / of my own life'. A memorable poem.

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Fabrizio Frosini 15 November 2019

yes, Michael, you're right: it is a 'Female head study' by Leonardo da Vinci (it is at the Louvre Museum)

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Pierre Krusketta 22 January 2016

a beautiful poem with a deep meaning. and i have also learnt a new word, sesquipedalian))

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Fabrizio Frosini 22 January 2016

thank you so much for your words!

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Afrooz Jafarinoor 03 September 2015

I loved the quote, 'Dont judge yourself..., but is it borrowed or just part of the conversation?

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Fabrizio Frosini 03 September 2015

no Afrooz, it is not ''borrowed''... they are my own words :) .. In my poems, I'm used to put in brackets what a ''third part'' (not the subject) tells.. thank you for your comment, Afrooz Ciao BTW, did your friends/relatives like the book?

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Maria Gonzalez 19 July 2015

I really do enjoy your work. You are a true craftsman. Keep on sharing

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Fabrizio Frosini 19 July 2015

so kind of you, Tanya. Thanks!

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Sneggy Sneglionsheshein 14 January 2015

i have enjoyed very much your work! and from your beautiful poem i ha've also learned that sesquipedalia comes from Horace)) 2 lessons about literature))

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Daniel Brick 30 December 2014

Two resders called this a nice poem. When Shakespeare used the word NICE it meant lustful. Oh, my, how that word has been drained of meaning for us. It can mean inoffensive (NICE SERMON, PADRE) or comfortable (MY NICE LAWN CHAIR) or enjoyable (NICE POEM) . But nice is simply inadequate to identify the impact of this poem. I do not think it was written to be a nice poem. It is meant to be disturbing, to burrow into your mind and haunt it. I do not want to rush ahead with my view of it. I want to live with it for awhile, indeed to let it haunt me for awhile. More later, , , ,

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Daniel Brick 30 December 2014

I MISTOOK YOU FOR MY OWN SHADOW - What a brilliant openning line! But even to the poem's speaker it can mean a variety of things. It could suggest a shared identity. Or a shadow being without substance it could mean a false sense of shared identity. These are opposite views which creates a creative tension in me. THE SHROUD OF THE HORIZON brings in a word associated with death (and if you didn't intend that connection you would have written THE GARMENT OF etc.) . Then words spillout of the person's EYES, not their mouth, which startled me. Finally, that's when you woke up - I didn't realize you were asleep. These observations show how masterfully dense this stanza is (Dense to me is a positive word - ordinary speedch is lean, poetic speech is dense) .

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Artep Ofpoetry 26 December 2014

interesting title. Nice poem

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Antonio Maes 02 December 2014

it is a very nice poem. I like it very much.

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