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The Life of a Word

Not sure if someone has said this before: “writing to me is like a snake shedding its skin. I move on and the thought is no longer part of me”. This is how I have often felt- at least during my early writing experience. There is a certain kind of re-emergence happening.

There is a difference though. The skin the snake sheds is a lifeless thing. It just lies there. One need not elaborate on the power of the word. All the great literature of the world, all the oratory stand testimony to that.

Isn’t it strange, the power a word has? What is a word after all? A word is just a symbol of an object or a thought. It is a mere carrier, without mass. Except when written, a word doesn’t require space either.

Is it energy or life a word has? Is a word like a knife thrown or a bullet shot? Perhaps. Except, the path of a knife or bullet is fairly predictable. In the hand of a good marksman it finds its target. Else, the path is still a simple curve. Not so with the word. Even the most expert writer or orator cannot chart the course a word takes.

Maybe a word is a living thing. It feeds on emotions and needs. Perhaps it is akin to a virus- once thrown out, it lies dormant and acquires full life only when it finds another live thing. And then it all depends on how the host is wired.

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September 1, 2010 - Posted by | communication, consciousness, philosophy, self expression, talk, Uncategorized | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I’m starting to believe that you and I are the same person! Terrific post.

    Comment by lynnbiederstadt | September 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Lol. Soul sisters? Yes we do seem to have quite a few thoughts in common…thank God to have sent you my way!

      Comment by umavvs | September 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. I read this before but read this again and loved it : maybe now I was properly wired.

    Comment by Rahul | September 8, 2012 | Reply


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