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Prompt #61 “Toska”

William Blake

This week’s prompt is “Toska”


No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.” – Vladmir Nabokov


The definition offers multiple avenues for exploration your job is simply to chose one and explore it in depth 😉


About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

17 comments on “Prompt #61 “Toska”

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  2. helenvalentina
    June 22, 2014

    I’d never heard of toska – what an incredible word and concept! Fantastic prompt!! 🙂

    • mindlovemisery
      June 22, 2014

      Thanks so much I just learned it and thought I need to make a prompt haha

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  4. yeseventhistoowillpass
    June 22, 2014

    I was in a state of Toska for 15 years and then she came back into my life for a moment. She left leaving nothing but sad memories and sadder words… This too will pass

    • mindlovemisery
      June 22, 2014

      That is devastating

      • yeseventhistoowillpass
        June 22, 2014

        I promised myself I wouldn’t continue writing of what happened these last 18 months… Never heard from her again… I guess I got the closure I had sought…

      • mindlovemisery
        June 22, 2014

        I hate when they disappear I find it hard to understand and move on. I recently went to a party and encountered a friend whom I was very close to but had stopped contacting me and I found it quite painful seeing her again. We never had a falling out but something happened that I do not comprehend

      • yeseventhistoowillpass
        June 22, 2014

        I knew she would come back into my life. I prayed that she would and indeed she did… Messed up on prescription meds, alcohol and coke. I tried to get to a place in her life where she thought about her real self.. I had her light a candle.. If just that.. She said she was coming here but then fate changed things and that was it. It’s not just sad, I don’t even know what to call it… I knew she wasn’t the woman she was 15 years ago.. But I knew the real Jen… This too will pass…

      • mindlovemisery
        June 22, 2014

        Such an intense and tragic story I am sending you positive vibes

  5. julespaige
    June 22, 2014

    This sort of reminds me of my Sunday Whirl piece today:
    So I’m going to add your prompt link (in just a moment)

    • mindlovemisery
      June 22, 2014

      I am so happy to have you XD

      • julespaige
        June 22, 2014

        I did not realize you did so many ‘challenges’ or ‘prompts’ – if I only had the time!! I did write the Sunday Whirl piece first. Sometimes it is fun to, as I say; ‘stuff the prompt’ see how many prompts I can stuff into one piece – this worked quite the other way around and I learned something new too! Thank you.

      • mindlovemisery
        June 23, 2014

        I love hosting challenges XD You are always welcome and I don’t mind if you combine prompts

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  8. hgamma
    March 23, 2021

    The soul
    her image
    in the face of man
    in every face

    the ghost
    the soul
    in man
    the source

    have a long while
    in today
    in the there
    what a blessing

    renunciation of love
    the gift
    to virtue
    the other

    that below
    is up
    in the mind
    to human dignity
    the better
    to practice daily
    the duty

    the pain
    the agony
    endure the unrealizable
    everybody take
    his cross upon himself

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