Synesthetic Thoughts


Synesthetic Thoughts

musical tunes taste like blue,
blue’s aroma fills my nostrils –
its fragrance; lilies drenched in raindrops,
indigo dances in zig zag streams,
my tongue is moist from Ancient drumbeats,
the word Celtic spins yellow and green’ish
waves across my eyes;

my flesh absorbs powder puffs,
from chromatic clouds,
kisses of kaleidoscopic,
numbers tattoo my throat,
the leave’s hued tracers cover my bod,
prismatic songs wrap metallically;
over my taste buds,

silence thumps into my ears,
reddish circles, infinities,
icosahedrons echo hypnotizing songs,
adoration pumps through my veins,
prism’s passions penetrate,
I exhale the pedals of violets,
from my breath –

my skin feels red,
red soothes as feathers,
that are painful brushes,
against my flesh,
but they are the sound of gentleness,
that tastes of honeysuckles,
and the word love drips yellow,
forming a number two –
tucked secretly away;
my own prison and merry-go-round
{of pleasure and pain}


Today, I was able to participate in the dVerse prompt. The prompt is synesthesia. I was excited because I do have synesthesia in a vast degree. I have written several posts about it on a couple of my blogs. I only discovered that I have synesthesia a few years ago, but it was one of the best moments in my life. It helped me understand how and why I see, hear, feel, smell, and taste this world in such a different way than others. It is not always the most pleasant of gifts, but I do like how my sensory functions make my world so exciting and intense. 🙂

Here are a few of my posts if you would like to learn more. I have videos and links that explain it as well as a little insight to how I am affected.

Let’s Talk About Synesthesia
Feeling In Color
Silly Connections Today

Here is an older poem I wrote trying to convey my sensory intensity.

My Reality

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Sharing the twistings, and musings that twirl in my mind. Hoping others can relate, or at least enjoy... To know more about me personally you can visit my website at Mind Retrofit.
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22 Responses to Synesthetic Thoughts

  1. I’m so glad you shared your own experience with synesthesia in this one. I suspect many of us experience this to a certain degree. I tend toward ascribing colors to feelings and sounds. This is a poem that allows the reader to share the experience. Thank you. And thanks for the references.

    • Hi Victoria!

      Thank you for commenting. I was so pleased that I could participate in this prompt. (I tend to get too busy with daily life to participate in prompts, my schedule was open yesterday. Yay!) I do think many more people share in the sensations of synesthesia, but are unaware. Our sensory process is so complex and unique to each individual. I enjoy reading about other’s experiences. It is fascinating to me. Thank you for a wonderful post and sharing some Keats, he is one of favorites!

  2. brian miller says:

    wow…thanks for sharing your own experience…and it makes sense too in reading this as it feels authentic…my tongue is moist from Ancient drumbeats…is a very cool line…amazing flow of imagery and sensation in this as well…thanks for taking us there…

    • Hi Brian!

      Thank you! I did enjoy writing this one very much. Since, the prompt was so personal I was able to tap into a lot of visual and emotional connections as it flowed. A lot of “me” so to speak. 🙂

  3. Love the contrast between red and blue — touch and musing .. very nice . icosahedrons echo hypnotizing songs, … that’s a nice line.

    • Thank you Björn!

      I am glad you enjoyed it! I find much comfort in geometric shapes and colors. Icosahedrons are such a delight for me. It seems that every side has a different song and personality of its own. 🙂

  4. Pamela says:

    I too, think we all suffer from degrees of synesthesia. Your experience makes for a beautiful piece of writing here.


    • Hi Pamela!

      Thank you! I agree, all of us have our own sensory intensities of pleasures and challenges. I use my creative writing to help me process them and my emotions. It has helped discovering how my brain processes though, before it felt very chaotic and out-of-control. At least now I know what is going on … most of the time. 🙂

  5. Rowan Taw says:

    Yes, thanks so much for sharing your own experience – much appreciated.

  6. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …i can see the familiarity… indeed a most tangible experience to read your affecting words… when i smell something my tongue are like responding in a strange, weird kind of way that at times i don’t if i’m gonna be happy or be irritated… ah, loved your take… truly enjoyed… thanks… smiles…

    • Thank you Kelvin!

      It is wonderful to hear of your experience, it is interesting how the senses have such different affects on each of us. I enjoy reading and feeling the sensations of other’s writings as well. Words can move my senses in all sorts of directions. 🙂
      Love your name by the way!

  7. Fascinating stuff and beautiful poetry!

  8. bostonpoetry says:

    So much awesomeness and beauty here! numbers tattoo my throat and I exhale the petals of violets are great lines! Nice write. -Mike

  9. louiville says:

    This poem is like a burst of visual words that fit so well with the theme of the piece. Without being over complex in language it does allow both thought and visualisation to blend effortlessly.

  10. hiroshimem says:

    Wow, great. Thank you for giving us insight into your world! For my part I only associate numbers (and a few letters, especially vowels) and colors… the rest is all new to me. I found it funny, by the way, that you see 2 as yellow two.

    • Thank you! Oh, you see two in yellow as well, awesome! I really enjoyed your poem “Yellow” it is ironic because I see two as yellow and five as red. So this stanza really caught my attention,
      “Two days before we had tea
      yellow, red
      if we are to give things their real names

      I enjoyed how you mixed so many sensory components together in a entertaining flow. It was fabulous!

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