Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hayden Carruth, R.I.P.

He was 87 years old. Obit here. Here's a poem written by Hayden Carruth:


Old guy goes downstairs reeling
and shying at newel and banister
while how his feet once blistered
the treads is what he is recalling,

for the young know how to balance.
Christ help all who wobble,
stagger, trip, step double,
and are their own hindrance,

oh help them. The day is fine out,
bright cold, the blood tingles,
in the yard laughter jangles.
It's a great day to fall on your sinciput*

blonk!--and the world is dipping,
breath is thin, vision blurred,
what no one says is what you heard.
Look at the bright blood dripping.

To help my four readers out with that word, actually, I had no idea it had anything to do with the head, even within the context of the poem, although now that I know what it is, it's perfectly clear to me now, here is the definition.

*sinciput Unabridged (v 1.1)

sin·ci·put /ˈsɪnsəˌpʌt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[sin-suh-puht] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun, plural sin·ci·puts, sin·cip·i·ta /sɪnˈsɪpɪtə/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[sin-sip-i-tuh] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation. Anatomy.
1. the forepart of the skull.
2. the upper part of the skull.
[Origin: 1570–80; < L: lit., half-head < *sém(i)-caput, equiv. to sémi- semi- + caput head]

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