Asemic Writing

Asemic writing written by trees, the wind, seaweed on the sand, termites and me.



Pelican sees asemic writing on the sea. Pelican tries to write on sand. Pelican consults Oracle how to write.

For years I had been doing Asemic Writing without knowing it!

That is, squiggles and scratches that could be mistaken for writing in an elusive script but, according to Mr Wikipedia, are “without the smallest unit of meaning”, “having no specific semantic content”.

I argue Asemic Writing reveals a feeling, atmosphere, temperature (as in hydraulic metaphor of certain emotions) therefore, Asemic Writing suggests something! (hee-heee-heeee Mr Wikipedia!) Oops, I’m transferring human emotion to the squiggles – or rather, an emotive idea behind specific patches of it – and emotions have narrative! so, have I a sub-conscious (now obviously conscious) desire that such writing does convey something?! An idea much like regular writing does. Think of cuneiform writing! Was it first thought by moderns to just be decorative patterns? Are my thoughts too rickety, ramshackle!?

Below is cuneiform  courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thank youThe five pics are Public Domain. I utterly adore #1. (ca. 3100–2900 BC.) Information of each is below.

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Quote: “Of the many legacies left by the ancient civilizations of southern Mesopotamia, the invention of writing is paramount. At the end of the fourth millennium B.C., written language developed in the region, first as pictographs and then evolving into abstract forms called cuneiform. The pictographs, like the ones on this tablet, are called proto-cuneiform and were drawn in the clay with a pointed implement.” To read more, go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art site

  1. Cuneiform tablet: administrative account concerning the distribution of barley and emmer. ca. 3100–2900 BC Sumerian
  2. Proto-Cuneiform tablet with seal impressions: administrative account of barley distribution with cylinder seal impression of a male figure, hunting dogs, and boars. ca. 3100-2900 BC Sumerian
  3. Cuneiform tablet, receipt of a kid. ca. 2039 BC Neo-Sumerian
  4. Cuneiform tablet, distribution of copper knives. ca 2600-2350 BC
  5. Cuneiform tablet: account regarding temple sheep, Ebabbar archive
    ca. 519 B.C. Achaemenid
p49 Cuneiform 3 kid 4 copper knives 5 sheep

Here’s Asemic Writing created by nature and wild creatures:

My big triangular palm prints messages while the Golden Canes’ wind-driven fronds etch scrolls telling secrets of many things.

Seagrasses write in the sand of tides, birds, worms and crabs.

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From sand below the floor termites stirred and upwards they went. My house still stands, the little devils kept at bay with obnoxious but necessary treatment and repairs.

Now, can some Clever-Boots interpret this cuneiform?

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Asemic Writing is seen in some of my paintings – and now I have the word, Thankyou bluebrightly who enlightened me! We both take photos of patterns made in nature and myriad feet passing.

Here’s Asemic Writing collaged from one of my paintings:

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In these paintings you may see asemic writing on trunks and secret places!

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A little more loosely in these miniatures:

More aggressively in these bigger fellas:

However, the scribbles in these Rainbow Lorikeet paintings are not asemic as they could be recognised by another Clever-Boots to say something:





Author: agreekmatinee

My interests and playtime: Writing, Reading, Swimming in the Sea, Gardening, Art: painting, drawing, printmaking (intaglio, lino cut, woodcut); Travel, Ancient History, Archaeology, Exploration, playing Chess, Family, Friends, chili in my tea

6 thoughts on “Asemic Writing”

    1. Thank you bluebrightly. Through you I came to know this term. It’s rather fun to walk on the beach or in a garden and find secret messages written by the wind, waves, little creatures, twigs and leaves.


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