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alone
tastes like the first grass of spring,
and the tender shoots
stick in my throat
and i cough.

and
cough
feels like a hard, oval sugar-disk
that is yellow in color and tastes like
cleaning fluid.

and
fluid
is the melty-blue sky
when the wind kicks up,
and it has the emptiness of a
furniture-hungry room.

hungry
is brown and vast and breathtaking,
as if the awesome landscape deserves your air
more than you do.

and awesome feels like
popcorn in my shins,
hard kernels exploding into
slippery, fat puffs
that just disintigrate.  

and
disintigrate
is a funny word because it has three i's
and it is rust-red like a river
and reminds me of chalk.

rust
is a slap in the face with
a cool sheet of red metal.
it bubbles up like boiling water.

but
face is different
if it's mine or yours,
or if i'm facing something
that is
smooth and white and cold
like a marble statue of the sky.
These are all true feelings that I get when I hear/think of these words. I've tried my best to portray them, but they're fleeting, so it's hard.

I've always had this thing where, if I heard a surprising word or phrase, I would feel a sudden sensation that was a mixture of smell, taste, or just knowing. (It's so hard to explain what I mean by that...) It was only once in a while, just a sort of jolt and then I forgot it again.
But last weekend I was in a pillow fight with my brother and my cousin, and one of them hit me really hard in the head with a memory foam pillow. Suddenly, I was really dizzy and the room was full of strange feelings. And since then, I've been having random 'synesthetic' moments in response to words being heard or read. Like the words I described in the poem.

I'm not sure if this is even considered to be synesthesia, but I have no better word for it. Even right now, as I write this, my skin is tingling with all the words that I'm thinking of.

I'm sorry if this seems weird. :XD: I just thought that an explanation would make this poem a little less confusing. :lol:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome.  there is a girl I met on dA that really has this syndrome.  She wrote a nice piece on it that is somewhere in my faves
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Mercury-the-Queen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Thank you! I find synesthesia fascinating. Though I don't experience it like most others with the syndrome, I do hear songs in colour, and my numbers have colour as well. It's really interesting. 
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rainpeltkitty Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really like this.  I really want to write a poem kind of like this depicting some of my synesthesia lol.  But I know the feeling of how fleeting such ideas can be lol. Very nice work. :)
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TactlessPenguin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I taste words as colours! I love this. It is beautiful; it captures the confusion and complexity of it all. Reading it makes me want to scream "THAT'S HOW IT IS!!!!!!!" 
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Mercury-the-Queen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
That's so cool. :D I'm glad you like it, my dear. :D
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Bluesquare108 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I understand it. ^_^
For me, mainly letters and numbers have colours, but they also have personalities. I don't get that entirely with words, but some words do stand out. ^_^
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Mercury-the-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Yay! :D
I think I get it more with words because I like words more than numbers... :XD: But it's cool to see how other people percieve things. :)
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You did beautifully! I am a synesthete too, and it is so hard to tell other people what I *sense*, even other synesthetes. Sort of like my words are only a stick figure in comparison to a real human being. But you really pegged it! Thank you! Do you see or sense numbers too? Songs?
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Mercury-the-Queen Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Thank you! :D I know, some people just don't get it when I try to explain it to them. It can be frustrating. I'm glad I was able to portray it well! :) Numbers for me have colors, and songs have color and sometimes texture as well. It's not so much that I actually "see" the colors, but I can sense them in my mind's eye.

Do you usually see or sense things? :)
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Oh yes! Numbers have color, texture, and feel, and so do mathematical relationships, like addition or exponents. I see/sense songs as abstract art inside my head, they are all different. Letters have colors, and words usual have color and a mind-feel or mind-knowing, which is the hardest to explain. :) Do you enjoy sensing things like this? You said you did not always...
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