Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week in Seven Words #33

anger
It washes up my throat, pricks at my eyes, swamps my chest and stomach. My remedy is to go for a walk, to hunch over a book, to gaze out the window at a hard-blue cheerful sky, at gold trees and people, families, children. The anger drains away (some of it was so silly anyway); and I think that it's best to deal with each person in the present moment, particularly if they have changed in important ways from how they used to be. I forgive, and though I can't forget certain things I think that maybe I should live as if I have.

descry
The thick wooden window slats admit glowing fragments of tree and sky.

glean
Sometimes our conversations are hurried and seem perfunctory. But there are other times when, in several short precious minutes, I learn something wonderful and wise that changes a part of me for afterwards.

overflow
The resolve, the strength firming, the sense of hard-won peace and powerful yearning - I hope they flow out from this day to the rest of the year.

stillness
When the plane leaves the ground, I hold my breath. There are what seem to be a few still moments on which everything depends; the plane and the passengers are suspended above earth. Will we keep rising? The odds are tremendously in our favor. Still, I hold my breath and look out the window to make sure.

surprise
I hear them coming down the hall, I hear their whispers, their hushed speculations ("What if she's not in her office?") and I wait patiently with a smile growing on my face, before they burst through the door.

triumphant
I love the energetic melodies best, the ones that resound with strength and joy. There's a particular melody that comes at the conclusion of every service, and just hearing us would you know that we're fasting? We sing long and loud, affirming that we're here, that we're repenting, atoning, rejoicing, living. That we are full of love.

7 comments:

John Hayes said...

There's a real progression here. & I love how "anger" & "surprise" seem to speak to each other; "descry" is also very vivid & takes on meaning by being juxtaposed with "anger."

naida said...

I liked anger and overflow best.

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Crafty Green Poet said...

I particularly liked your words about anger & the mood in triumphant

Lucy said...

Anger - bravo
Overflow - may it be so
Stillness - I always feel like that too!

I always feel better for coming here.

HKatz said...

"descry" is also very vivid & takes on meaning by being juxtaposed with "anger."
I felt that connection especially.

I liked anger and overflow best.
Definitely connections btw. those too :)

I particularly liked your words about anger & the mood in triumphant
I'm glad I ended the day on one and not the other...

I always feel better for coming here.
Thank you. I'm glad you come here and that you get that feeling.

Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

Relyn said...

I forgive, and though I can't forget certain things I think that maybe I should live as if I have.

There is much wisdom here, my friend. Much.

And, oh, how I love stillness. I know JUST what you mean. I always hold my breath, too. It's like that feeling you get when you jump in an elevator just as it heads down. You know? Weightless.

I also love triumphant. Often in our services, there is the same feel.

HKatz said...

It's like that feeling you get when you jump in an elevator just as it heads down.
That's a great analogy for it.

There is much wisdom here, my friend. Much.
Thanks :) The key is also to act on that wisdom as regularly and consistently as possible. I hope I can do that.