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In the Nictate of an Eye

There are a few things one says with a blink “In the blink of an eye,” comes to mind, don’t you think? It means it’s done quickly, for except if one’s dead The blink of an eye is an instant, it’s said Unless you have happened to have had a stroke Then blinking takes longer, and that is no joke But normally blinking goes by very quickly So fast that you don’t even notice how swiftly There’s another blink saying that often is heard “She didn’t blink an eye when I told her that word!” It obviously means that it was no big deal Whatever was said, displayed, or appealed Of course, it could show that that person’s inured By things that would shock those of us who aren’t cured Of intimate details that could come in a story Or perhaps in a movie when it’s really quite gory But now I digress for the word for today Is nictate, a synonym for blinking away The tears from your eyes or the dryness that’s there Nictating is what you will do if there’s air That’s forcefully blowing itself in your space Because of a storm or some dust out of place Perhaps you could train yourself not to nictate A guy in Colorado made himself wait An hour before he would willingly blink A record now broken in the Philippines I think That’s just what I learned whenever I looked On google, my favorite source not a book I hope that I’ve given you something to chew Nictating is possibly a new word for you If so then my job as a poet is done I’ve taught a new word, and now I must run In the “nictate of an eye,” I will say my goodbyes I’ll go find more words to set forth with my rhymes --All my writings are at mraymus.medium.com

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