Irritable Vowels

Blame the lack of a consonant
for the vowel’s incontinence,
her violent and windy fury
panicking in a hurry
to escape the gate of teeth,
speak louder than a squeak,
prove she is more than an airy twit,
that words mean more than shit.



23 thoughts on “Irritable Vowels

  1. Hi Susanne, first of all a very happy new year to you and my fellow readers of your blog. I may be late in my wishes, but I am redeemed by the fact that I am in time to extend my good wishes for Lunar new year! And this comment of mine may be a tad long….
    That said, husband and I were in India for Christmas and most of January. And reunions with family and friends after 3 years were happy and hectic. Anyway, coming to your Starbucks sonnet!! Starbucks has erupted like a rash ( and a nasty one) on the Indian psyche. A friend ( believing that me being from Australia would enjoy it) took me to Starbucks. And what a disaster it was! It was not coffee that I drank! At Australian $7/- ( (in Indian rupees) a cup it was robbery! And it was full house! Young and old alike were there, sipping. I was amazed at the way, Indians have embraced this new culture when tea or chai was the national beverage for centuries. I am not against change, but I noticed that this change has come about to keep up with the Joneses of the world.
    We went to a smaller place and ordered “filter coffee” at just under 50 Australian cents and it was “wow”!
    Indian filter coffee is a coffee drink made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter. …
    Coffee beans sourced from the hills of Kodiakanal, a lovely place in south India. That cup of coffee was satisfying to the palette and pocket.
    I’m home now, so I will catch up on all your posts…..

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    • Hi Shubha, Happy Lunar New Year to you, too. In China, it is the Year of the Pig. According to the Internet and the Google god, 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life. Let’s hope!

      What a shame that Starbucks has invaded the land of tea and disrupted its long tea culture. It is also all over China and shocking to see. And the price! For two Starbucks coffees I could have a moderately nice bottle of wine – even here in Canada. I’m with you on the choice of coffee houses.
      My favourites tend to be the small or local independent places of which we have several in Ottawa but none close to home. I locked myself out of my house this morning (maybe a blog post one day) without having had breakfast or my morning coffee and found myself again at Starbucks, the closest coffee shop to home. My stomach regretted the purchase not five minutes later.

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    • How on earth did you function in your work-life? I seem to recall you mentioning that you had a very high powered career which I imagine came with its share of stress. For me, stress is a major trigger.


      • My career wasn’t all that high-powered–college prof and administrator. And, actually, my IBS has been getting worse over the years–it wasn’t so awful when I was working–I’d have a month or two of issues then get back to normal. But whatever bothers me seems to be cumulative and to have gotten more pervasive. Have you read about the low FODMAP diet? I’m suffering through the elimination phase of that now . . . so boring.

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        • I have experienced the FODMAP though that isn’t what it was called when I did it back in the early 90’s when I was first diagnosed. I think it was called (not ironically) an elimination diet. I was helpful for a while and is probably one of those things you should do every few years since women’s bodies’ as we age. I’m sorry to hear your symptoms have worsened. I hope the FODMAP diet gives you some guidance and eventual relief.

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    • Funny how word associations happen, isn’t it? There I was up to my elbows in a medical website reading about irritable bowel syndrome and out of the blue came this thought.


    • I have an irritable bowel and have had since my early 20’s though it was not pronounced so until my early 30’s. I’ve been researching it and the word play “irritable vowels” came to mind. And there you go. End of story.


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