Saturday, June 26, 2010

Week in Seven Words #21

accented
Out in the hall a French woman and a Russian woman speak in English, their voices bright and cordial. Soon after, a Greek woman speaks boisterously on the phone, sometimes in English and other times in her native tongue. In a different time and place, two men from Ireland harmonize together on a stage and banter between songs.

limpid
On a day when heat chokes the air and cars snarl along the road, I listen to limpid music; it spills and flows over all the other sounds - horns, brakes, birds, the stutter of machinery, conversation, the creak of trees in the wind.

loop
We could easily have taken the bus, but why not walk? Without walking we wouldn't have as much time to talk, or see the river at thirty minutes to midnight, or come across that sculpture with the words carved into it from several different languages, French and Greek included.

pluvial
There's a primordial fury to the rain; it mashes up the ground, crackles on the windows, and clots the air.

sundered
In the wake of the storm, trees stretch out leafy and shattered on walkways, cars, and roof corners. Branches lie in all angles on the sidewalks and sometimes dangle in the embrace of other branches that have remained aloft and intact.

tunefulness
Music in a long dark room lit with candles in glass, the illustrations on the walls crowding around to listen in shades of red, white and black. With voices that fit well together the musicians sing about old love, new love, a laughing universe, what it would be like to be a work of art, and how they're traveling around in search of feet; at one point they invite a friend to jam with them on the guitar, and she's in a trance, so happy to be up there playing and part of the music.

wresting
It's a song he once knew by heart; now he wrestles different passages out of the piano. Whenever he comes to a lacuna in his memory, he sits with fingers splayed across his forehead and stares with a puzzled frustration at the keys.

6 comments:

John Hayes said...

Beautiful--there are so many sounds in this week's collection, especially in "limpid," "pluvial" (great word!) & "sundered." There's such an intriguing story implied by "wresting" too!

Lucy said...

'Wresting' is very poignant, and I like 'accented' because I love it when English is such a happy and pliable lingua franca; in the native anglophone's arrogance we often don't appreciate what a blessing and a compliment this is.

(But of course, as always, I love all of them!)

naida said...

I like pluvial, there is a 'primordial fury to the rain', I love that.


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Relyn said...

I love how surrendered to music you have been in this week.

The music of languages,
of accents
of rain on the windows,
the ground.
The music of performance,
and of stillness.

Relyn said...

I'm baaaack.....

I was just dropping in to wish you and yours the happiest Independence Day. May your day be full! May you enjoy laughter shared with family, great food shared with friends, fireworks to make you gasp, a lump in your throat at the anthem, and a full and grateful heart at all we have been given. Happy Fourth of July, my friend!

HKatz said...

Thank you all for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Beautiful--there are so many sounds in this week's collection, especially in "limpid," "pluvial" (great word!) & "sundered." There's such an intriguing story implied by "wresting" too!
Thank you. I'm happy you enjoyed the sounds and the suggested stories.

because I love it when English is such a happy and pliable lingua franca.. we often don't appreciate what a blessing and a compliment this is.
Agreed - not something to be taken for granted or overlooked in its variety and beauty.

I like pluvial, there is a 'primordial fury to the rain', I love that.
It was quite a storm :) I needed to find good words for it.

I love how surrendered to music you have been in this week.
Music and sounds of the natural world, there were so many and of such variety. Glad you enjoyed, and I love your own words on the matter, especially The music of performance,
and of stillness.

Thank you also for your Independence Day wishes! I hope you too have a wonderful holiday with you and yours.