today, someone decided
to quietly dump every single puzzle out onto the floor
mix the pieces together
then head up to the loft to play.
it was left in a perfect state of tobubohu
but somehow i couldn’t think of that word
at the moment of discovery
tomorrow we will work on it together
and with it will come a new word.
part of speech: noun
origin: hebrew, unknown
1. a state of chaos, utter confusion
examples in a sentence:
“The mayor’s unexpected announcement left the press in a tohubohu.”
“After recess the students were always in a tohubohu.”
anyone else ever achieve this perfect state?
going through my piles of stuff
i found this page
from exactly 13 years ago
when I solved my first
nyt sunday crossword puzzle
all on my own
all spaces filled
I was so happy
this was a personal goal
I had worked on many puzzles
and finally began to learn
the styles of the editors/writers
what spaces, clues, word play, patterns, punctuation, puns, word roots,
capital letters, italics, other languages, irony, humor, sarcasm all meant
I like to work in ink
not crossing out clues
not in any order
do as much as I can
walk away once or twice
then it somehow all falls into place
sometimes I master it
sometimes it masters me
now every sunday
I eagerly grab my newspaper from outside the door
and the challenge begins once again.
I attribute it all to sheer will and bit of magic.
‘our whole life is solving puzzles.’
there should be a word
for the feeling you get
after you work many hours
a beautiful jigsaw puzzle
only to find
there is a piece missing.
‘the historian has before him a jigsaw puzzle
from which many pieces have disappeared.
these gaps can be filled only by his imagination.’