I was reading today, Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser. Of course. If you aren’t reading that kind of book then your life is just too flimflam, and I would ask you to cut it out. The book’s subtitle is “A Practical Handbook Of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, And Oratorical Terms, For The Embellishment Of Speech And Literature, And The Improvement Of The Vocabulary Of Those Persons Who Read, Write, And Speak English”.
Apparently one can never have too many Pertinent Expressions. Or speech embellishments. Indeed.
Hidden away in this most august document I found this aside, and I just had to share:
[Pencilled into the flyleaf: “A navy blue feeling where my heart used to be”]
And in the mutter and morass that 15,000 useful phrases can become, this single line said more. Not only because a pencil note on the flyleaf is most definitely marginalia of the highest order, but because it so aptly captures the feeling of love lost, or at least gone away for a while.
And some days are like that, even when the people you love are close at hand. But nevertheless, a navy blue feeling can be there, instead … unbidden and unwelcome.