Sunday, August 15, 2010

Week in Seven Words #28

automaton
Maybe it's a game for bike riders, to see how close they can get to a pedestrian without an actual collision. Maybe pedestrians seem to them like the figures in video games who always walk in one fixed straight line, never deviating a millimeter right or left for any reason - not to side-step a pothole or animal feces, not to tilt closer to get a better view of something, not to pick up something that fell out of a pocket, or to act in any other unpredictable human way.

beverages
This week they include a watery strawberry daiquiri at an anniversary dinner, and an imaginary cup of tea at a Tinkerbell-themed tea party.

clench
Rodin sculpted pairs of hands that are craggy and uncompromising; in the sunny room, against a backdrop of pale walls, they are dark and stark and difficult. These are hands that can sculpt the air, snag the wind and twist it. They are often grasping at something that eludes them.

geese
In one city they're clumped on a grassy slope, with the sun slanting on them as they pick at the grass and at their own feathers; in another city they they form an uneven line among the soil and shrubs that pad a concrete ledge. In both cities they settle on spots overlooking rivers. One time I look up from my book to find them flying heavily overhead, dragging their bodies through the hot air.

indistinct
Under bridges the spaces are ponderous and dim, and cars howl vaguely above you.

razzle-dazzle
Times Square - lights flashing and rippling, giant yellow Peanut M&Ms high-kicking, electric red horses bucking, and through a toy story window the sight of a two-story ferris wheel in slow glittering rotation. On the sidewalks, the people move around like molecules of gas.

romance
It's a rainy weekday night, with few people around the fountain at Lincoln Center. At first there's only one woman beside it; she wears a white raincoat and stands in silhouette against the glowing plumes of water. She leaves, and in her place a man and woman emerge, sharing a broad black umbrella. For several minutes they embrace, and then the man lowers himself onto one knee.

6 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

I particularly like the geese here, the way you describe their differences reflects the differences in human communities in those same cities

naida said...

Great post as always, I really like the image you created with razzle-dazzle.
And how sweet romance is!

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John Hayes said...

This is one of my favorites among the 7 Words Posts--like naida, I really like "razzle dazzle"--in all seven words except for "beverage" there's a great sense of movement--but also sense of contrast throughout, & "beverage" fits that perfectly--the watery daiquiri & the imaginary tea are such a delightful pairing. & "indistinct" & "romance" are arresting images. Really enjoyed this!

Lucy said...

'Romance' is very sharp and film-like. I like how the more uncertain, elliptical single woman precedes the more conventional romantic couple.

patteran said...

It's been quite a week for imaginary cups of tea here too ever since Rosie received a gift of an Emma Bridgewater tea-set. It's the only kind of tea I can bear to drink.

HKatz said...

the way you describe their differences reflects the differences in human communities in those same cities
That's an interesting perspective on it, and it it's illuminating; thanks!

I really like the image you created with razzle-dazzle.
And how sweet romance is!

Razzle-dazzle made my eyes go wide, and yes, the romantic moment was unexpected and delightful to observe.

-in all seven words except for "beverage" there's a great sense of movement--but also sense of contrast throughout, & "beverage" fits that perfectly
Thank you for your kind words, glad you enjoyed it and saw certain patterns emerge!

'Romance' is very sharp and film-like.
It did feel unreal and film-like for a few moments - rain, fountain, nighttime, NYC, romantic proposal... and yes, I liked how the lone woman inadvertently fit into the scene beforehand.

It's the only kind of tea I can bear to drink.
It's tea that's made with a lot of thoughtfulness, love and care :)

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts!