Saturday, August 7, 2010

Week in Seven Words #27

airy
I'm happy to see her in a sustained good mood, when she seems lighter on her feet and is prone to laughter.

cochlear
Our sensory perceptions are limited by our brains and bodies; there are colors and frequencies for instance that we can't sense unaided, and everything we do sense is filtered through our unique composition of cells - it's the only physical reality we know. The man lecturing at the front of the room used to rely on a hearing aid, but after becoming completely deaf he began using a cochlear implant - a small computer that's now a part of his body; he speaks of how his brain adjusted to it, and of what it's like to experience auditory perception through such a device.

fizzy
Popsicles melting together on a paper plate - lime, strawberry, wild berry - a psychedelic puddle.

fork
It's not that I fail to notice that the road splits in two - I notice it, vaguely - it's just that I walk down the wrong fork; actually it's less walking and more a determined barreling stride, because I'm already running late, and I don't want to keep my friend waiting. I don't notice anything amiss until I'm at a quiet residential street (cue crickets chirping), just past an enormous domed church, and my friend calls my cellphone and describes landmarks I don't see.

lush
They're so fine and bright and moist, those green grapes; we pretend to pluck them out of the painting and pop them in our mouths.

scale
Stones and columns from other continents and eras, reassembled in dark dramatic rooms. People stroll past and study the pillars, statues, and slabs of stone; they pose with a self-conscious smile in front of carvings with wild blank eyes, or they unfold their cell phones and snap up the heavy granite in quick pictures.

whirligig
All of the actors in this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream have a sense of playfulness and fun. Some of them have a sense of the words too, the cadence, letting the poetry roll off their tongue as they clatter around the stage; those who don't have a feel for the words tend to swallow them or scream them and rely mostly on slapstick fights and comic faces to pull them through. The best blend of well-spoken lines, comic timing, and physical humor is in the rendition of Pyramus and Thisbe at the end - with Bottom giving Pyramus one of the goriest deaths ever, after which the actress playing Thisbe tiptoes up to his self-mutilated, gutted, decapitated, flayed, disemboweled corpse (because in his great anguish he couldn't just stab himself) and whispers, "Asleep, my love?"

8 comments:

m. heart said...

"Psychedelic puddle" certainly brings back memories of childhood frozen treats...

Relyn said...

Each week I look forward to your seven words. This week, I laugh as I imagine a disembowled Pyramus.

John Hayes said...

The image of the people snapping photos of the columns on their cell phones is wonderful--your description of "fork" & "whirligig" terrifically fun. There's a UK blogger named Alan Burnett whose blog is called "New From Nowhere"--Mr Burnett has a cochlear implant & wrote quite an interesting series about it on his blog some months back. I'm sure I could find you a link if you're interested.

HKatz said...

"Psychedelic puddle" certainly brings back memories of childhood frozen treats...
Frozen treats on hot August evenings are delightful (for adults too!)

This week, I laugh as I imagine a disembowled Pyramus.
I'm glad I got the humorous moment across, because the actor playing Bottom/Pyramus was one of the best in the play and had such fun with his part.

The image of the people snapping photos of the columns on their cell phones is wonderful--your description of "fork" & "whirligig" terrifically fun.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed! And also I'm glad you pointed me to the other blog; I think I've visited it before but I didn't know that he'd done a series on his cochlear implant. I'll look it up.

naida said...

Great post as always. I can relate to fork...this especially: 'my friend calls my cellphone and describes landmarks I don't see' :)

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Lucy said...

'Fork' makes one very glad of cellphones etc, so that what might have been a stressful minor disaster turns into merely an amusing blip. Rosie and the dogs and I lost each other walking in the woods once. I'd picked up Tom's mobile phone, which didn't have her number on it, so I had to ring him at home and ask him to ring her and tell her I'd be waiting at the bridge!

Lovely Wi7w as ever, and I enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables extracts too, how vivid the writing was, in truth I only remember the TV series.

Kellie Collis said...

I just love the word airy! Hope you have had a lovely weekend! xx

HKatz said...

I can relate to fork...this especially: 'my friend calls my cellphone and describes landmarks I don't see'
It can be fun to inadvertently discover new places... but not when you're running late :)

'Fork' makes one very glad of cellphones
For sure... and I write this as someone who generally doesn't even like them, though I've come to see their necessity.

and I enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables extracts too, how vivid the writing was, in truth I only remember the TV series.
If you reacquaint yourself with the book, you won't be disappointed :)

I just love the word airy! Hope you have had a lovely weekend! xx
Thanks! And same to you.

Thanks for all stopping by and sharing your thoughts.