Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Week in Seven Words #155 and #156

Week in Seven Words #155

cat's cradle
The dog criss-crosses her leash around and through my legs.

contrasts
The weather, in a way, is perfect: a cloudy cold day, not too cold, the air fresh and scented with herbs and flowers. Because the garden is only half-alive, a sunny day might have made it seem burned out and dead. But the winter mist brings out every hint of color in the broken twigs and grey-green leaves.

disparity
Neighborhoods laid down side by side: slums and fast food joints giving way to gabled homes with chocolate trim.

espied
The bench, sheltered in the gazebo, overlooks the garden, the pale river, and the clouds.

expectations
Maps fire the imagination. This one has names like 'conifer slope' and 'aquatic garden' that sound intriguing but turn out to be a sodden hill and a fountain that isn't active in the winter.

likenesses
Cacti of all kinds: some look like rosettes on a cake, others like cold sorbet fuzzy with ice, others like balls of electricity.

surfacing
I like when the subway climbs out into the light and rattles alongside rooftops and billboards.

Week in Seven Words #156
blasted
A cold wind that seems to scrape out the inside of your skull.

dredge
Gristly duck and faded decor in a restaurant that was once great.

propionibacteria
In a span of five blocks we see something like 10-15 people in Elmo costumes. One of them has terrible body odor, so no one stands next to him.

pulverulent
A dusting of snow on the curbs and benches.

remuneration
Making money off my writing gives me a really good feeling.

spooked
When the ghosts start swarming out of sewer vents and subway stations, the dog yaps at the TV.

therapeutic
Through her dolls she tries to cope with her anxiety about broken bones and reassure herself of a speedy recovery.

3 comments:

Naida said...

You've captured the cold season perfectly HKatz. I can relate to blasted and I like the image you create of the winter mist. Ewwww...about the person in the Elmo costume :P Those things annoy me so much...the mickey and minnies, the elmos the spiderman...though I am guilty of having a few pics of my kids with them when they were younger...lol It's so touristy!
There's supposed to be more snow on the way, stay safe and warm!

Relyn Lawson said...

The BO guy made me snicker at first. Then, I just felt sad for him. I wonder if he knows why no one wants to get close?

HKatz said...

Thanks, Naida. Every time I pass a person in costume, I wonder who it is in there. Probably a teenager trying to make extra cash, but sometimes I come up with more fanciful ideas.

Relyn, who knows if he knows. Or if anyone has gotten close enough to tell him. The fact that he's in an Elmo costume adds to the sadness of the situation.