Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Brandish

Brandish
(BRAN-dish)
verb

1. To shake or wave (as a weapon) menacingly
2. To exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner

EXAMPLE SENTENCE
Eugie will brandish a kitchen knife at you if you do not get the film reference quoted here-in.



I had my first encounter with this glorious, GLORIOUS word, through the Alfred Noyes poem The Highwayman.

"Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat."

And I had my first encounter with this poem through a little movie I like to call, Anne of Green Gables.

Some people discovered what love was when someone they had a crush on in grade school, threw a rock at their face and chipped their tooth securing forever the notion that if someone loves you back, they will show it in a way that emotionally or physically destroys you.

A lot of people found out about the "bird and the bees" by finding a weathered porn magazine in the back roads behind their quaint country homes, or walking in on their parents "wrestling".

I, on the other hand learned about romance, sexual tension and why not to buy hair dye from a peddler you meet on the road through this movie.

I would pile my hair on top of my head, tuck a rose behind my ear and stand in front of the mirror reciting the poem solemnly to my make believe audience. My voice would be a whisper at first but when I got to the last verse I would be yelling, "His rapier brandished high."

Although I think I pronounced it, his raper. Which in retrospect is much dirtier than it should have been.

I would finish reciting the poem, my make believe audience would give me a standing ovation and then Gilbert Blythe and I would go make out behind some haystacks.

3 comments:

MEBEE said...

gilbert's mine!

Eugenia Borkowski said...

Gilbert Blythe would stand on his head if I asked him to.

MEBEE said...

you can have the older gilbert. i want him in his suspenders. HOOOOT.