the spirit of the staircase

The Rationals as Untranslatable Words/Phrases

INTJ: Kaizen (Japanese)

The philosophy and practice of continuous improvement to engender change for the better.

ENTJ: Sisu (Finnish) 

Loosely translated as the stoic determination, resilience, bravery, and perseverance of one’s spirit in the face of adversity.

INTP: Clerisy (English)

A group of educated people; the intelligentsia and literati.

ENTP: Pochemuchka (Russian)

A person, often a child, who asks a lot of questions.


INTJ: L’esprit de l’escalier (French)

Lit. spirit of the staircase, a.k.a. coming up with witty or perfect replies long after the moment has passed.  

ENTJ: Backpfeifengesicht (German)

A face in need of a fist or begging to be punched.

INTP: Velleity (Latin)

A wish or desire unsupported by the necessary willpower or actions to make it happen.

ENTP: Jibaku (Japanese)

Lit. self-destruction, a.k.a. unintentionally destroying your own argument while trying to defend your views.

- Mod Amal, INTJ

l'esprit de l'escalier

That dark robe which wraps the eve
appearing blankly upon the eye,

a pressing lack of pressing on backs of skulls,
a curious lack of presence in the sky,

in the wondrous turns and dances of
a cosmological ball,

in the shifting, drifting trails of all

whirling slowly, noons apart,
moving across the ether sphere

and in this slow, revolving march, 
losing members,
winking out.

Handfuls of glitter snuffed away;
the darkness envelops shades of gray.