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Discombobulate
by Joyce James

Sunday, May 29, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Ever find a word that seemed totally unlikely, then tried to make something of it?

DISCOMBOBULATE


 


If you wish to use a great word


that your status will inflate


get a load of this one -


it's discombobulate.


I couldn't find its meaning


I looked in diction'ries two


Exactly how to use it,


I haven't got a clue


 


I picture someone swimming


with a lifebelt filled with air


bobbing about in the water


with a discombobulating stare.


Maybe it's a desperate wish


to go the other way -


or then perhaps it's something else


I really couldn't say.


I can only wonder and try to speculate


What the hell I'm doing


when I discombobulate.


 


Maybe its what a doctor does


when he operates


and you come out with pieces gone


when he discombobulates.


It might be when you're cooking


with no onions in the stew -


that can be disconcerting -


and discombobulating too


 


Maybe you should be alone


make sure you isolate -


You don't want people watching


when you discombobulate.


But I'll leave it up to you folk


it might even seal your fate


perhaps you're growing wiser


when you discombobulate.


 


 

JOYCE JAMES
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