The Weekword this week, quixotic, is being hosted by Carmen at Tales of a Biomouse. Take a moment to visit her to see her take on the word and the other weekworders who are particiapting. It is always fun and informative, so why not join in? Let Carmen know.
I love the word quixotic, and its many implications, but it is not a word I use often, so I don't have a lot of preformed thoughts about it. I did, of course, read Don Quixote, many years ago.
From the Teeth of a Shrew
I write microscopic poems, each line etched
on a grain of rice, each grain strung on a gossamer strand
and hung in the trees like holiday garlands,
though the August sun and the abundance
of black-eyed Susans speak of another season. Birds
lift the tiny poems from the trees and weave them
into their nests. Squirrels eat them for breakfast and children
drape them round their necks and set my words
to a music of lilting chants. See how I dance
on the roof-tops, small hands clasped in mine.
If you found a poem in the teeth of a rat
or among the entrails of a mole the cat
dragged in, you might recognize the words,
buffed to a polish with finer and finer scratches,
but torn ragged, first, from dreams
for Bill Olsen
Here is a self-portrait of me, feeling "quixotic," ready to go out adventuring and tilt some windmills:
Of course, I will have to take along my CPAP and some tylenol for my fibromyalgia!
Definition of QUIXOTIC
Examples of QUIXOTIC
- They had quixotic dreams about the future.
- In … an earnest book-length essay of neo-Victorian public-mindedness that deplores the “nasty, knowing abuse” that the author would have us fear contaminates too much American humor lately, David Denby, a movie critic forThe New Yorker, sets for himself what has to be one of the most quixotic projects that a moral reformer can undertake. —Walter Kirn, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009