Day 22: Holiday Definitions and Observational Notes for Mrs. Grimsby—English as a Second Language 104, by Dolma Karpo by Annie Bien

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On the 22nd Day of Christmas Annie Bien gave to me…

From Merriam Webster:

I. Immaculate: adjective

a) having no stain or blemish : pure,
b) having or containing no flaw or error
c) a: spotlessly clean b: having no colored spots or marks —used especially in botany and zoology


DK: Observational Note: An adjective describes a quality belonging to a noun. The quality has not yet been imposed to form an emotional (feeling) response until it meets a noun, only a conceptual (thought) response, so it possesses the quality of a label, as in a situation before two beings meet, before they have a thought about each other, before they get to know each other.

II. Conception:

1) a : the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both : embryo, fetus b : beginning

2) a : the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols b : a general idea : concept c : a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking d : the sum of a person’s ideas and beliefs concerning something e : the originating of something in the mind


DK: Observational Note: This noun possesses the quality of occupying a mind as a concept (thought), or originating, as in birth (creating an feeling animate object usually), and thereby, a longing for a thing.


III. Immaculate Conception

1) : the conception of the Virgin Mary in which as decreed in Roman Catholic dogma her soul was preserved free from original sin by divine grace

2) : December 8 observed as a Roman Catholic feast in commemoration of the Immaculate Conception


DK: Observational Note: This concept requires a leap of faith. The two words conjoined produce a unique definition that stretches mental concepts into concrete justifications of existence by labeling characteristics to human beings. On considering the definitions, I have concluded that: 1) a concept (thought) was formed by a mother who had a son who wasn’t the son (a feeling animate object) of a human father, 2) the son was the son of a higher power (conceptual thought?) who exists as a thought in the minds of humans to make concrete substances behave. 3) It does not reveal what the higher power actually thinks since everything written down was by human hand. 4) The apparent purpose of the birth is to make people feel happy and joyful.

Conclusion: On my part, I have some concern, that the human father might have felt left out and had to make the best of it that night when everyone was so happy since he might have thought he didn’t know his wife very well (feeling).

Submitted by

Dolma Karpo.


P. S. Dear Mrs. Grimsby,

You asked me if my name had a meaning. Yes it does. English translation of Tibetan: Virtuous Liberating Woman, also known as Sitatara, Sanskrit.

Annie Bien

Annie Bien has written two poetry collections—Under Shadows of Stars (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Plateau Migration (Alabaster Leaves Press, 2012). She has published flash fiction in print and online magazines, is a Pushcart Nominee, finalist and shortlisted with Strands International Flash Fiction, A3 Press and Review, and Reflex Fiction. She is an English translator of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha.

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