Saturday, September 25, 2010

Week in Seven Words #34

amber
The honey is a deep gold brown. It caresses the light and draws it in; particles of light shine faintly from inside of it.

commonality
At one point I wind up sharing a dinner table with two men who have, at different points this past year, solicited relationship advice from me. They don't know that they have this experience in common; but I know, and it makes me smile a little for some reason - maybe because it's just another example of life's little quirks of circumstance.

meeting
At the several communal meals I attend, I meet some new people. But even with the people I know already, it feels like I'm meeting them for the first time each time we sit down together at the table. I might have met them before (or even know them quite well), but I can't know for sure what they'll say exactly, or what their mood will be, or what will happen - so it's like meeting them all over again each time, and I look forward to seeing new sides of them or learning new things about them.

ox
There are a few days when I plod around, slow and persistent and a little tired. The work of the coming months, the magnitude of it, makes itself known to me and settles down hard on my shoulders. I keep my head down and try to adjust; sometimes I think the numb accepting patience is better than the alternative - the spikes of anxiety, poking apart my concentration and scattering my thoughts.

pickings
When the tables are abandoned several flies come, rising and falling in delicate, random-seeming patterns over the remains of the food, until the plates are cleared away.

sukkah (סוכה)
Being hugged tight on all side by other bodies, by tables and chairs, by the flexible tent walls of the sukkah. The weather is lovely for the most part; when it gets too hot, some cool air swirls in between the flaps and openings, and at noon there's some shade at least. One night after a strong humid spell a storm breaks out, and rain sluices through the makeshift weave of the ceiling and onto us; the walls sway with the wind, but we just glance at each other and keep talking and laughing.

unclouded
A clear white moon above the shabby silhouette of an apartment building.

5 comments:

naida said...

I can relate to ox.
I like the image you create with unclouded.

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Relyn said...

I love that you are always seeing people in fresh and new ways. It is a gift, that. A real gift to them and to you.

John Hayes said...

Relyn's comment is so perceptive--there really is a remarkably fresh quality to the way you record your perceptions--I was particularly taken by "amber" & "unclouded," but they're all fascinating verbal snapshots.

Lucy said...

'Commonality' would tickle me too; an ironic little private smile to oneself. But I'm sure people often share confidences with you and want some of your wisdom, so it must happen quite often for you!

HKatz said...

I can relate to ox.
C'est la vie... hopefully you get down time too - relaxation, sleep, sink into a good book :)

I love that you are always seeing people in fresh and new ways. It is a gift, that. A real gift to them and to you.
Thank you, I'm glad you like my observations; it's a way of seeing things that I work on; I try to be able to see people fresh and interesting.

Relyn's comment is so perceptive--there really is a remarkably fresh quality to the way you record your perceptions
Thank you - I'm glad you enjoy these "weeks in words".

But I'm sure people often share confidences with you and want some of your wisdom, so it must happen quite often for you!
Thanks! It's funny but sometimes people who don't know me well ask me advice about personal things. I don't think I have all the answers; I am however, a discreet non-gossipy sort of person, so even if I can't help them they know I'll keep their secrets in good confidence.