Sunday, August 12, 2007

POISE

One of the best things about tidying up the bookshelf is finding bits of paper where I've copied down some item that must have meant something to me at the time. I mean I know exactly what I was thinking when I wrote down the recipe for Hemlock cocktail.

This was an excerpt from an article "In Praise of True Poise" by Jeannie Larmouth, Victoria Magazine - May 1994.

"Poise is manners and movement with a light tossing of charm, the ability to stand silently and to speak with softness. Poise is a grace of posture, a smoothness and flow. Poise hints at aloofness, at a cool yet gracious distance. Poise can be taught, it depends to such a degree on movement. Poise requires much of the actress making her entrance or the ballerina becoming half-music as she twirls en pointe.

Poise disdains all awkwardness, mental and physical, and composure becomes second nature. True poise is not a surface but a suppleness and resiliency of mind and body. To be able to create an impression of tranquility and in a crowd, a sudden quiet. Manners can be displayed then forgotten, poise is an inner discipline."

Jeez, crikey mate, if that don't sum the old witch up right nicely and why did I keep thinking of Steph as I read it?

15 comments:

Andrew said...

I thought poise was some absorbent female product. While I am sure Steph carries herself well, I don't really associate her with poise, more like chaos.

JahTeh said...

Andrew, your knowledge has no bounds and Steph has turned chaos into an art form but so poised as she trips, stumbles and upchucks through life.

phil said...

Isn't a poise the thing that ladies keep their tissues and small change in?

Neo said...

Clouded association?
Poise is GRACE... Grace is a cultured,proprietal thing, yes?

Neo said...

Nah...come to think of it.....

Poise is having children and not becoming incontinent as a result or caring about the scars and streach marks.
Poise is knowing that you're good enough no-matter what others think.
Poise is knowing the difference between what is right for ourselves and caring for others first.
Poise is getting to the end of your life and knowing you lived it well.
Poise is a very subjective word.

I withdraw this comment as my poise is now gone!

Cazzie!!! said...

I do like that notion of using the word "poise". For me, when I am in a crowd, or at work and need to focus to get the right answer to what I should do next..searching within myself for guidance, I just call it my BEING. So I guess, they could be the same..being in the moment..fully aware...

We moved house at the beginning of the year. When I got to sort out my books I found lots of notes I had taken down too. Little phrases from books to remember. My nursing books have lots of little post it notes in them from when I studied.They were once used as post it notes on the bathroom and kitchen walls so I could keep on studying them as I did housework!

JahTeh said...

Yes Phil and it's the same thing we hit home brew drinkers over the head with.

Neo, poise is keeping the drool from your chin as you watch Keanu.

Cazzie, poise being stillness is me in front of a jewellery store.

And thanks everyone for noticing that I managed to hide a link for the second time.

david santos said...

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Neo said...

You're right about the drool,Jt but I also think YOU and you alone are summed up by the word 'poise'.

Young woman like me walk in the shadow of strong woman like you... not cheap smut.

Middle Child said...

I'd stick with David Santos Jahteh...he seems quite enamoured of your POISE

JahTeh said...

Neo, Strong, moi? The only thing strong about me is my ghastly sense of humour which saw me through the years of marriage to Mr. Cheap Smut.

MC, I don't know Mr. Santos and am reluctant to click his blog in case he's selling enchancements.

Bwca said...

" True poise is not a surface"
Por poise is not a fish.

Brian Hughes said...

I thought 'being poised' was something that happened to dyslexics after a bottle of scotch. Or has somebody cracked that one already?

Gerry said...

I've given up on trying to develop poise... It gets in the way of my "original face"...

JahTeh said...

I tell you now, all youse bloggers have got 'poise' even when poised, Hughes and that straightjacket just screams 'poise' dear Bear.

Bwca, you have hidden poise even when you're poised.