The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words


Life is a series of stories.

We don’t experience moments, we collect them.

How often have you lived something only to imagine telling the story to your friends, your kids, your grandkids?

What do people do when gathered together socially?

“Tell em about the time when…”  “Hey, remember when…”

So, you can call me a cheater if you want, but the question today is a bit of a prompt.

QOTD – What is your favorite story to tell?  (or… tell me a story)


About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

2 comments on “QOTD –

  1. Mess
    October 3, 2013

    “My Favorite Story To Tell”

    My child has a foul mouth and a dirty mind. I used to believe this was something that was learned, not innate. My younger boy has taught me differently.

    He knew all the good curse words by Pre-K.

    In first grade he asked, “Mom, what’s a douche bag.”

    Like a fool, I defined “douche bag” for my then six-year-old. I told him the literal meaning, the figurative meaning; I explained the item’s place in slang.

    My friend said to me, “Why couldn’t you just say, ‘It’s a bad word.’ and leave it at that?”

    I hadn’t thought that was an option. It was, however, an option.


    Weeks later, a neighbor knocked on the front door of my house. I was in my bathroom, behind a locked door. My son knocked.

    “Mom, are you in there?”

    “Yes. I will be out in a moment.”

    “Are you douching?”

    “NO! I will be out in a moment!”

    My then six-year-old pads down the long hallway and meets the neighbor again at the front door.

    Unfortunately, I heard what he said next.

    “Mom is on her way. She will be out a few minutes. She is in the bathroom, but she is not douching because she don’t gots a stinky bagina.”

    Yeah…that happened. Yeah…he said “bagina.”


    • J. Gabriel Allan
      October 3, 2013

      That means I literally laughed out loud.
      And I am a man who uses the word literally correctly.

      This is my new favorite story to tell that happened “to someone I know”

      thank you!

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