Saturday, October 16, 2010

Week in Seven Words #37

linger
Things that get put off and delayed do not go away. Why do I keep letting myself think they do? Though I turn my mind to other chores and tasks, the things I've tried to put off still sit there (I can see them out of the corner of my eye) siphoning away my concentration until at last I just have to deal with them.

neglected
I don't want a human life to go by unobserved. The people who seem invisible, unloved, and unwanted by others - I used to think they're ignored in large part out of a lack of time and willingness, also an indifference and callousness (life's busy, so much to do, can't stop to look, and are they worth it anyway?) but there's more to it than that. There's an underlying fear too, that anyone can slip through the cracks.

penne
Maybe it's the colder weather, because I get a craving for pasta this week; I like the way it bubbles in the pot, the billow of steam as I tip it into the colander, and the plentiful plate of it drenched in tomato sauce, garlic, basil and mozzarella.

phoenix
A new week, and new ideas rise out of the unceremonious ashes of old ones.

puddled
The world is overrun with cold water. Every step is a squelch, a splish, a spatter.

straining
I want them to understand. I point, repeat, stare at them with a desperate encouragement, ask questions, try to urge them out of a state of passive absorption. I wait for the light to flow into their faces, the glimmer of comprehension, that tells me they've learned - and that even if they don't grasp everything, that they want to at least struggle with the material, to lean forward in their chairs and puzzle things out, ask questions, throw suggestions out there without a fear of being wrong.

vaccine
The nurse administering the flu shot asks me if I'd like her to tell me when the needle is about to go in. I tell her it's not necessary, because I'm going to watch. Ever since I was a kid, I've never taken the suggestion to look away during a shot. Much as the sight is unappealing, if I don't look I'll tense up; maybe when I look, it feels less like something is happening to me that I have to just passively take.

7 comments:

naida said...

I can totally relate to Linger. 'I can see them out of the corner of my eye'<-perfectly worded.
I liked the idea of 'phoenix' also.
As for 'vaccine', I'll be getting my yearly flu shot this week, and I always look away :)

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John Hayes said...

Lots of truth in both "linger" & "neglected." Interesting to think of procrastinated items as things seen out of the corner of one's eye. & now I have this mysterious craving for penne!

HKatz said...

I can totally relate to Linger.
There seem to always be those things piling up in people's peripheral vision :)

I'll be getting my yearly flu shot this week, and I always look away
I hope it goes well! (another thing I noticed is that I feel nervous before the shot, then it's over in like two seconds, and then I wonder what I was nervous about... and I repeat this every year)

Lots of truth in both "linger" & "neglected."
I'm glad you see what I was trying to convey.

now I have this mysterious craving for penne!
A mystery indeed :)

Thank you both for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

Lucy said...

No, I have to look away!

I too am a terrible procrastinator, but though I wouldn't recommend it as a lifestyle choice, I think hastiness, impatience and rushing at things have their drawbacks too. It's having the wisdom to know the difference, as always.

Lovely words, as ever.

HKatz said...

I think hastiness, impatience and rushing at things have their drawbacks too.
Sometimes I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day (But then maybe I'd use that extra time to procrastinate on things more, who knows...) As you say it comes down to wisdom in making that choice of how to go about things.

Thanks for stopping by.

Relyn said...

I am fascinated that you don't look away when you get a shot. And why.

I don't know why this grabbed my attention so much, but I think it's a telling detail. I feel like I just learned a lot about you.

I love that.

HKatz said...

I don't know why this grabbed my attention so much, but I think it's a telling detail.

It might be, that's interesting; I hadn't thought of it that way. To me it's just something I've always done :)