Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week in Seven Words #42

accommodation
Different people I'm friends with can find it difficult to talk to each other; their approach to life, personality, interests, may not overlap much and so there isn't a lot of common ground for light dinner time discussion, especially if they don't know each other well. I like that they have to work a little harder to make conversation. Sometimes they regard each other speculatively or with bafflement, as if they're assessing species membership; other times they bond briefly over a love of sticky cinnamon kugel.

cataracts
The moon squints through a film of cloud.

delusion
What doesn't get done today will not get done tomorrow but might get done the day after tomorrow.

escapism
When I need a break from work one thing I do is look up bus and train schedules and imagine myself traveling from one town to another. I take my time coming home.

inverted
The roots of the trees swim in gold leaves.

preserving
A young boy, half-shy and half-pleased, gives a little speech in Yiddish. The people at the dinner sing in Yiddish too, and there are echoes of the shtetl in their voices. I've never been to Eastern Europe and did not grow up among Yiddish speakers, but my family's history runs through that part of the world, and there's a bittersweet pain when I think about the way of life systematically wiped out and the way the rich culture still manages to endure.

replete
To step outside and discover that it's just rained, and that after a walk through the cold clean air I'll sit down to a baked apple, golden and brown and smeared with cinnamon.

8 comments:

John Hayes said...

"Cataract:" the moon looked just like that last night! & I love the image in "inversion." I also have been known to plan trips as a form of "escapism!"

Rima said...

Delightful all!
I love the upside down tree too and the wonderful echoes of the Shtetl, and I relate wholly to the friends on different branches of your tree conundrum...

naida said...

I like the thought of escapism. I've often looked through travel magazines and just imagined ;)

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Crystal Calliope said...

Oh my, accommodation. I learned the hard (emotional scrapes and bruises) way that in order to get my wildly diverse friends to get on with each other I would have to do it in pairs. So far I have had tentative success, although I'm sure the day that I can get them together in threes or (gasp!) a group is far on the horizon.

Lovely post today :)

patteran said...

Your delusion revealed is mine too! It won't be before Thursday that any cleaning gets done upstairs. There's a poem to be started and it'll stand in the way of everything else.

Relyn said...

Delusion makes me laugh. I too often share this one.

HKatz said...

I also have been known to plan trips as a form of "escapism!"
Isn't it a marvelous way to get away for a while? (in a manner of speaking)

I love the upside down tree too and the wonderful echoes of the Shtetl
Thanks, Rima!

in order to get my wildly diverse friends to get on with each other I would have to do it in pairs.
I like your approach to building up to it slowly, first pairs, then trios... it can be tough or awkward.

There's a poem to be started and it'll stand in the way of everything else.
If house-cleaning gets put off for the sake of poetry then that's ok!

Delusion makes me laugh. I too often share this one.
It's a kind of optimism and stubbornness too (I'll get this done, I will!)

Thank you all for stopping by!

HKatz said...

I've often looked through travel magazines and just imagined ;)

Oh yes. I do this with travel websites...