The Inattentive Husband

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fireblossom Friday:  Say The Word

English is a funny language. A lot of it came from other languages, and some of those words retain their foreign sound. Some remain foreign and not strictly English at all, but are used much in the manner of “Voila!” Moreover, some of them roll off the tongue very poetically, it seems to me. Even without knowing what they mean, they just sound cool. Add the meaning, and it’s pretty much nerd heaven.

What I want you to do is to take one of the following words and build a poem around it. Don’t just jam it in some place where it sticks out like a sore thumb. Make the word you choose central to your poem. I think we may get some interesting results. Write, link, enjoy!

The words:

1. Schadenfreude. (German) The experience of joy, pleasure, or self-satisfaction that comes from the learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures or humiliation of another.

2. Bete Noire. (French) A person or thing that one particularly dislikes.

3. Sturm Und Drang. (German) Storm and stress.

4, Saudade. (Portuguese) A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.

5. Mox Nix. (German) Bastardization of “Es macht nichts”, used by American GI’s in WWII Europe to mean “It doesn’t matter” or “It makes no difference.” Some of them brought the phrase home with them.

6. Fahrvergnugen (German) Driving pleasure. Used in 1990 ads for Volkswagen automobiles. “Say the word!” I got the whole idea for this post from listening to a tape I made of songs off the radio from around 1990. Amid the Howard Jones and Toto songs were ads featuring “Fahrvergnugen” (for VW) and Joe Isuzu, not to mention Tubby’s Submarines “No Place For Wimps.” So I ran with it.


Purple or red?
“Mox Nix.”
Mox Nix, Mox Nix–that
is your standard
answer. You must have
an opinion. What about
my hair, dare I cut it?
“Mox Nix.”
You are not even looking
at me. If you were
to pack your bags,
and leave tonight–
Mox Nix to me.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to The Inattentive Husband

  1. kanzensakura says:

    You tell him! Good use of this phrase. Way to go.


  2. Yes… some doors are made to be closed.


  3. coalblack says:

    People who are cagey about every little thing, are not only impossible to be close to, and are not only frustrating to deal with, but in the end they are dull, like a blank wall. Is something behind it? Who knows? Past a certain point, who effing cares?


  4. Ha, this is a good one!


  5. Vicki says:

    Great one, Sara.


  6. Jim says:

    That’s telling the unconsiderate rat. Give up on him. I would. Nice reading, Sara.


  7. oldegg says:

    Sadly in many cases they know it is not working but won’t take the first step themselves to break free and his (her) indifference is in fact a help in making the decision!.


  8. hypercryptical says:

    Ah, there are men (and women) like that Sara, so up their own backsides they fail to see anything other than self. How demeaning they are and how they rob us of our self-esteem.
    Help him pack his bags I would say, but sometimes this is difficult as we continue in our attempts to please… to be considered… the difficulty is realising our own importance, so demoralised we are.
    Anna :o]


  9. annell4 says:

    Like the little demi gods that we are, we will say what matters and what does not.


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