Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Week in Seven Words #40

chagrined
Some speakers, confronted with questions they don't know how to answer, stand behind the podium in a long silent pause of processing and confusion; their speech when it comes is halting.

comfy
We sit around a low rectangular table with a delicious makeshift meal spread out - wine, olives, chicken inside of pitas, nuts and honeydew for dessert - and the evening is full of talk, and we're together, cheerful and warm on a cold night.

enduring
Red flowers spread open against gray stone and sky.

heterogeneous
Here they come to look and ask: earnest and nervous or sphinx-like or easy-going with a warm smile or keyed up with caffeine or politely patient or good-natured and tired or world-weary and amusing (and amused).

signers
The sign language interpreters at each lecture are fascinating to watch. It's amazing how they rapidly translate in real time, for all kinds of speakers (mumblers, rapid-fire talkers among them), for all different kinds of words and phrases (variable, parameter, ANOVA), their hands and expressions fluid.

spliced
Past the window the world streams by: light spindly yellow birch groves, mist off an ocean, chain link fences rusted, dubious store fronts, wood plank houses, shells of factories with broken windows, a graveyard bathed in red and yellow leaves.

uncertainty
I agree with him. It can drive you mad.

6 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

Wonderful! Comfy is a lovely little scene, enduring is a beautiful haiku moment and I've always loved watching signers, I wish i could sign...

naida said...

I like the image you create with 'comfy'.
And 'uncertainty' can drive a person a little crazy :)
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Crystal Calliope said...

Comfy. Really liked that one. and Uncertainty? Oh jesus you wanna talk about mad just talk to me.

Relyn said...

I have told you before, but I love these posts of yours. I love all the stories they hint at. I know they conjure memories for you. For me, they conjure many, many stories.

John Hayes said...

"Enduring" is a startling & beautiful image, & I love "spliced"--especially the "dubious storefronts!"

Sorry I haven't made it around to comment sooner!

HKatz said...

Comfy is a lovely little scene, enduring is a beautiful haiku moment and I've always loved watching signers, I wish i could sign...
Thank you! And yes, sign language is a beautifully expressive and agile language (I was mesmerized watching it... sometimes at a loss of attention to the lecture itself!)

I like the image you create with 'comfy'.
And 'uncertainty' can drive a person a little crazy :)

Or a lot crazy :) But then something like 'comfy' makes you feel less crazy...

and Uncertainty? Oh jesus you wanna talk about mad just talk to me.
I laughed out loud at that. That would be an interesting conversation on both ends I imagine :)

I love all the stories they hint at. I know they conjure memories for you. For me, they conjure many, many stories.
Thank you! I'm so glad they do. For me it is mostly memories, but sometimes I see stories that can emerge from them too, independently of what actually happened. It's an interesting parallel.

"Enduring" is a startling & beautiful image, & I love "spliced"--especially the "dubious storefronts!"
Thanks! Dubious store fronts was just one of those phrases that popped into mind when I was looking at one of them. And stop by and comment whenever you get the chance; it's a pleasure hearing from you, but I know how busy life can get too :)

Thanks everyone for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!