random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Miko, at work
Remember when we had Miko in Pasticcio Palais? You're right! It was our very first Holiday issue - #2 - wow! Seems like only yesterday! Remember when Joan Baez sang it (written by Bob Dylan?) (And yes, I am skipping from subject to subject with no rhyme nor reason today. Maybe because it's Winter Solstice...)
Seems like only yesterday I left my mind behind, down in a Gypsy Café, with a friend of a friend of mine, who sat with baby heavy on her knee, and spoke of life most free from slavery, with eyes that showed no trace of misery. A phrase in connection that I heard her say that love is just a four-letter word.
Outside a rattling storefront window cats meowed at break of day. Me, I kept my mouth shut, knew I had no words to say. My experience was limited and underfed. You talking while I hid to the one who was the father of your kid. You probably didn't think I did, but I heard you say that love is just a four-letter word.
Though I never knew just what you meant when you were speaking to your man, I could only think in terms of me and now I understand. After waking enough times to think I see the Holy Kiss that's s'posed to last eternity blow up in smoke, it's destiny, it falls on strangers, travels free. Yet I know now traps are only set by me. And I do not really need to be assured that love is just a four-letter word.