A haiku poem by Kazuyo Eguchi goes: "With its transparent life/ There are no secrets/ The jellyfish must hide."
Come to think of it, there is something poignant about how the jellyfish plays with water. I believe, feared and hated as it is by beachgoers, this creature must serve a useful purpose, being a small cog in the ecosystem. We cannot separate a sea friendly to jellyfish from a land that is friendly to humans.
--The Asahi Shimbun, Aug. 12(IHT/Asahi: August 13,2008)
One poignant story concerned the auction last week of the 26,000-square-foot, $21 million “dream house” of a couple in Connecticut who discovered, once they had built it and moved in, that the house’s style, proportions and accouterments — billiards room, theater and indoor Tuscan-style courtyard — did not fit them at all. “I would be happy with 3,500 square feet,” the wife was reported as saying.
plural noun: odalisques
- Profoundly moving; touching: a poignant memory. See synonyms at moving.
- Physically painful: “Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward” (Ambrose Bierce).
- Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings: poignant anxiety.
- Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.
- Neat, skillful, and to the point: poignant illustrations supplementing the text.
- Astute and pertinent; relevant: poignant suggestions.
- Agreeably intense or stimulating: poignant delight.
- Sharp or sour to the taste; piquant.
- Sharp or pungent to the smell.
[Middle English poinaunt, from Old French poignant, present participle of poindre, to prick, from Latin pungere.]━━ a. 痛烈な; 痛切な; 辛らつな; 感動的な; （舌に）ぴりっとする, （鼻に）つんとくる.
causing or having a particularly sharp feeling of sadness:
The photograph awakens poignant memories of happier days.
It is especially poignant that he died on the day before the wedding.
The poem has a haunting poignancy.
━━ n.pl. 服装; （軍服・武器以外の）軍装具; 〔戯言〕 （旅客などの）手回り品類.
accouterment(ə-kū'tər-mənt, -trə-) or ac·cou·tre·ment n.
- An accessory item of equipment or dress. Often used in the plural.
- Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons. Often used in the plural.
- accouterments or accoutrements Outward forms of recognition; trappings: cathedral ceilings, heated swimming pools, and other accoutrements signaling great wealth.
- Archaic. The act of accoutering.