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The Perfect Word.


The perfect word.  The next word.  One that fits.  One that fits as if it were willed to the page.  Cemented.  Impervious to eraser tips and backspace backspace backspace keystrokes.  Does it exsist?  It must.  Where is it then?  Wedged deep down between the couch cushions.  The metaphorical couch cushions of course.  No the metaphysical couch cushions.  No.  The perfect word.  Something that rummages through the memory's attic stack of yellowed newspapers with out tearing a page.  Mummery.  Strumpet.  Glim.  No no and no.  A sentence written is a sentenced flawed.  To think we might have strung a string of perfect words is to think we can recite pi, backwards.  But surely we can go one for ten, one for a hundred, one per page per chapter per novel.  Per lifetime.  If we comb over a thesaurus with a magnifying glass.  Excuse me?  If we comb over a thesaurus with a fine toothed comb.  The perfect word.  If we are trampled into a bloody fossil-to-be by a murderous heard of thesauruses in heat.  Does it exist?  Should we stop looking.  Stop geussing.  And resign to our postions as the patron saints of humdrum.  The arch bishops of hokum.  We absolve you.  We absolve you.  Is close, close enough?  Are the best of poets those that get the closest?  Perhaps.  Perhaps our works are already written, perfect words in tow.  And the order is divined.  Was not half of Paradise Lost written while Milton was blind?  No matter.  One man's perfect is another man's potpourri.  Right?  Wrong.  We can not replace a Mozart A minor with a G flat.  Or a "To be, or not to be" with a "To be or not."  We can only keep writing.  Pulling names from a ten gallon hat.  Drawing straws from a haystack.  Patching bad lines with word putty.  Tired phrases that have worked in the past.  Old friends.  Or at least acquaintances.  Perhaps some perfect words are among them.  Stranger things have happened.  The perfect word.  Does it exsist?  It does, i am sure of it.  How can i be so sure?  For if there is one better than another, then there is one better than them all.
I never know what catagories to put my work in.

This is for perfectionists in training.
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PunknEra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
found a typo: "geussing" should be "guessing". Oh yeah and there's a couple of question marks missing on "should be stop looking" and "stop guessing". Finally, you should capitalize the word "I" in the last couple of sentences. Otherwise, the writing is perfect as far as I can see. :)

About the category, I certainly wouldn't say that it's "mystery." I think it best fits into "perspectives."
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kissxmexvampire Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
I liked reading it. The way you play with words is interesting, I enjoy reading it.

*favourited.
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DecayingPinkBunny Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2004
Follows suit with the rest by being just as exquisite. Every piece I read of yours makes me need to read aloud and even more so the more I read it. Congrats.
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active-archivist Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004
what about the imperfect word?
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deadcow7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004
This piece of prose is amazingly clever. The part with the thesauri (that's the plural form I prefer :)), the comparison to pi, and the memory's attic metaphor especially.

Additional thought: I personally don't believe that, out of context, one word can ever be said to be better than the other. And if a word's quality depens on its context, then really, all words are perfect if you just manage to find the right context for them, no? So I guess for me, there is no perfect word.

Of course, this difference of opinion doesn't detract from this piece's quality at all, it's just something I'd like to have mentioned.
Really good job!

DeadCow
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mibi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004
well thank you... and i agree.. out of context one word is no better than the other... but in context...its all a matter of finding the right word... or if you prefer, the right context... thanks again and great icon.
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deadcow7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004
Heh, thanks. If you want, you can support me in harassing ~deadcow (without the 7) who's been inactive for about 3 years...:)
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thinlikenate Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2004   Filmographer
i feel like i owe you something for getting to read your readings to be read.
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starblind Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2003
Challenging. Like Jenga.
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n0deal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept and I love the way the idea flows throughout this piece. I thought the line about reading pi backward was especially clever. :)
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