Poetics: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


Linda Lee Lyberg is the host for deVerse Poetics. She writes:: “I am going to share with you a list of 10 words from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig and a shortened version of their meaning. You are free to choose one or more (or all!) of the words to write a poem.”

The word craxis stood out among the rest for me. 

Craxis: the unease of knowing how quickly your circumstances could change on you- that no matter how carefully you shape your life into what you want it to be, the whole thing could be overturned in an instant.

Could it be that I have no choice in the matter
Reminding myself that I yearn for joy and peace in my life
All I can do is try to shield myself from the pain inflicted on me
eXplaining away the unwarranted hurtful remarks doesn’t work
I was sure we could be amenable without causing more harm
So quickly harmony can vanish, living me distraught

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24 thoughts on “Poetics: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

  1. this hit home with me as somebody who has been bullied. remember they are only words slung by sombody with issues that need attention. i have learnt to respond with affection. have a good holiday.

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  2. Craxis is the word that jumped out for me as well, Lauren. Sometimes explaining away or hoping for the best doesn’t work, we just have to face what’s real. And what’s real can indeed change at a moment’s notice.

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