Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Razzle, dazzle, sis, boom, bah!!!

The word for our blog posts today is "dazzle." So, of course I couldn't just stop there. I had to go the whole nine yards, well, OK, five words - razzle, dazzle, sis, boom, bah!

When in doubt look it up - "razzle dazzle" means

1 : a state of confusion or hilarity. 2 : a complex maneuver (as in sports) designed to confuse an opponent. 3 : a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display.

Yes, I could write about any of these. Well maybe not the sports so much, but there are other maneuvers out there designed to confuse an opponent and I have examples of colourful, gaudy displays, in spades - maybe not the best metaphor!!

Breaking it down, we have:

razzle -  on the razzle or on the razz British informal out enjoying oneself or celebrating, esp while drinking freely.

dazzle -

to arouse admiration by an impressive display

to lose clear vision especially from looking at bright light

Now to be perfectly honest, I gave the word "dazzle" so I should stick to that, even though I have always had trouble focusing and tend to bring in all the possibilities all at once, which is usually at the start.

I need to focus - back to dazzle - to arouse admiration by an impressive display!! Well, that would be my garden, although I did not set out to -

1. Create an impressive display or to arouse admiration. It, like life, happened. I wanted a modest tasteful rock garden. WHAT HAPPENED!! Things got out of hand fairly early and it went from there.
2. Lose clear vision. Obviously, I have lost the vision of a small tasteful rock garden.

It is now an orgy of colour and texture in a gaudy display. It is, however, me

Now, I do admire tastefully planted gardens. I love their form, their order, their control over nature and the elements. I love these gardens in the way I love good writers - I marvel at the precision of their words, the exquisite flow of their sentences, their levels of meaning and their subtle nuances.

Will I ever be able to tame my wild ramblings into the finely honed structure of a book? Can I trick myself with a complex maneuver designed to confine myself to a more controlled version of myself? Meh, maybe I should just write free verse :)

The pictures - My garden summer 2018.

Have a colourful day!!

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