What sense, am I?

I am, what — sense?

“Hornkostel cites a tribe that has a separate word for seeing, but employs a common term for hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching.” [A.G. Engstrom, “Philological Quarterly,” XXV, 1946]


I wonder about that, the idea of what I sense — wholly — and how sensible I am. Sometimes I feel like the sense of things, my perception — my grasp — of what’s happening around me is unclear, clouded. Smoke and mist. Then, other times, I’m overwhelmed by feeling(s), that are physical, psychical, emotional.

Beauty full. I ride between the two.

But it’s about the gathering there. And I’m exploring that. What’s found, what’s uncovered — and what comes of that?

In sight. Sight, in side. Seeing, in. That’s one sense, at least. Now to gather the others: sense, in.

And it’s about way, journey, finding.

sense (n.) ~

c.1400, “faculty of perception,” also “meaning or interpretation” (esp. of Holy Scripture), from O.Fr. sens, from L. sensusperception, feeling, undertaking, meaning,” from sentireperceive, feel, know,” prob. a fig. use of a lit. meaning “to find one’s way,” from PIE base *sent- “to go” (cf. O.H.G. sinnanto go, travel, strive after, have in mind, perceive,” Ger. Sinnsense, mind,” O.E. siðway, journey,” O.Ir. set, Welsh hyntway“). Application to any one of the external or outward senses (touch, sight, hearing, etc.) first recorded 1526.

The verb meaning “to perceive by the senses” is recorded from 1598. Senses “mental faculties, sanity” is attested from 1568.

Sentient. Looking for, looking in, sensing: this, right now.

perceiving: tsg | decatur island