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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 I am 39 and married (almost 20 years) with a beautiful soon to be teenage daughter.

16 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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