Sunday, May 23, 2010


Growing up—and this will give my age away—
It was an expression my parents used for
Something special —as in —“well, that’s sure keen”
And then you knew you had a really great thing

Got a little older and I learned you could be keen
On somebody and that meant you liked them
Or conversely, not so keen on something and of
Course that indicated you didn’t like whatever

A sharp knife or pair of scissors still are said to be
Keen-edged by some – and that is correct terminology
As is piercing and razor sharp – who knew?
Folks with keen wit are usually quite acidic or acerbic

Cutting, in other words, but in a biting, incisive fashion
Usually quite clever though, often sarcastic
Keen-eyed means very observant with clear, fine perception
Keen winds are bitter and biting and keen prices, rock-bottom

But my favourite term is the saddest and used seldom
Except in poetry or descriptive passages of real tragedy
When one is said to be ‘keening’ instead of weeping or crying
Or sobbing or wailing, somehow – keening always sounds worse.

1 comment:

  1. hum, gonna have to store that one in my word vault. for sure worth pondering