the fountain of pasta youth

22 Oct

my uncle tried to learn one new word every day.
he said it was the little university he imposed on himself,
to keep his brain cylinders spinning,
maybe to offset the onset of a stroke?

unfortunately, he didn’t live forever.
he didn’t even make it to 85 and the last few years, he couldn’t do much.
most of his mental faculties broke down.

i looked up the word catenary yesterday.
I thought of my uncle as I did it.
catenary – “a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from two points and forming a U shape.”
i thought about a horseshoe and then at dinner,
i shaped a pasta strand into a U-shape and felt younger.


9 Responses to “the fountain of pasta youth”

  1. Allan G. Smorra October 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    A fine tribute to your uncle, Steve. Think about him when you look up at the overhead powerlines. That’s a catenary distribution system.

    • Steve Myers October 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      Thanks Allan. I never knew about the catenary distribution system. Sometimes I wonder if it’s best (for mental health) to not know how all this electricity works, similar to not knowing how blood flows and pumps a heart and we breath and live every second. The miracle of it all can be overwhelming at times and then there’s all of us in this together saying this and that and maybe our destinies overlapping. I’m beginning to see my future. Breathing exercises and word searches.

      • Allan G. Smorra October 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

        Hey, Steve. Word searches can be like following a trial of crumbs leading to a nest of paragraphs. Remember to breathe.

        • Steve Myers October 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

          I read your reply as I’m working on a story. Makes what you say such a bulls-eye! If the right word makes it into a sentence, a paragraph can be born, then a page, maybe two or maybe that’s greedy? But man oh mangos does it feel good to write a few pages every morning.

          • Allan G. Smorra October 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

            I’m glad to be a help, Steve. Good luck with your story.

  2. glen715 October 23, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    How did you happen to look up the word catenary, Steve?

    Spaghetti dinners must be awfully interesting at your house.


    • kvennarad October 23, 2016 at 5:24 am #

      I pointed him in the right direction.

    • Steve Myers October 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

      Marie (kvennarad) mentioned the word the previous day in her reply. I had never heard of it before.

  3. kvennarad October 23, 2016 at 5:23 am #

    Suspension bridges and power delivery for trams. Fine stuff.

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