Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sound and Sense, 54

We’re moving next to the homophone: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air. So … contronyms are words that have contradictory meanings (sanctiion = approve and disapprove; homophones sound alike but to not mean the same—and often are not spelled the same, either.

1. days (noun—plural): more than one 24-hour cycle; specified time or period
2. daze (verb): to stupefy, esp. buy a blow; to dazzle with light (noun): the condition of being stupefied or dazzled

Oh, never—never!—in my days
Have you not managed to amaze
Me—leave me in a perfect daze.

Such days have passed—in thousands—and
I recognize that I still stand
Because I hold your loving hand.

Yes, life we know can strike, can daze,
And damage us in many ways.
But you’re immortal in my gaze.

You know why I place you above—
You know what I am dreaming of:
Eternal days with you, my love.

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