Friday, December 25, 2015

What Happens When A Word Gets Old

Strike is an old Germanic word as a verb, why it is we strike, we struck, we were stricken. Not striked. That is what this poem is about. And the poem only takes a few of the meanings you can find for strike. Strike is one of the words that spread its meaning far and wide because there has been enough time for that kind of variety. We like coming to blows as a culture, I guess.

What Happens When A Word Gets Old
(And this just strikes the surface)

I shall strike my path
or shall I strike out, strike off,
make a bruise and more?
I am struck with thought,
stricken with the old dismay,
or shall I strike with
for the freedom of us all?

This spear, this hammer
is an ancient thrust
from the German ancestral
spirit, great value -
I shall strike your coin
and strike my new dreams like trout
in the mountain stream.

The clock strikes the hours
as I strike the brassy notes,
while we strike for pay
and then strike the set.

April 30, 2011 10:54 AM

A Streetcar Named Desire set strike from Alex White on Vimeo.


  1. Spark

    I will strike
    A match
    To burn
    This motherfucker
    If I've told
    You once
    I've told you
    A thousand times
    Strike while the fire
    Is hot
    All you do
    Is hold a sign
    And stand in line
    Like the good little
    Boy you are
    With this match
    Struck here
    To this fuse
    We'll strike fear
    And they will hear
    They will fucking
    hear our voices
    Their side
    Will be stricken
    For sure
    You go there
    With your carefully
    Painted sign
    Held high
    While we
    Blow those bosses
    To the sky

    Chris McQueeney ©2015


The chicken crossed the road. That's poultry in motion.

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