Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Week in Seven Words #54

animatronics
Row after row of students taking an exam. Their movements are mostly confined to their seat-space. They look stiff, and their limbs twitch. Each movement seems painstaking, as if they've been programmed to move in fixed ways - slight adjustments of their head and spine, their feet occasionally fluttering nervously (an impending malfunction?), their hands hovering over the page.

biceps
Thick stacks of paper like concrete blocks, lugged around in a box or in grocery bags.

bubbly
Though we have permission to stay as long as we like, it still feels a little funny - but still pleasant - to hang around in a house that isn't ours and finish off the last third of a bottle of sparkling wine as we talk past midnight.

lasagna
Veggie lasagna with soft warm cheese, savored in a narrow wedge of time between errands and class.

lignin
In the back room of the cafe - wood panels, wooden beams, a creaky wood floor, sunlight on the glasses and the white tablecloth. A painting of a white dog, looking distant and benign.

newborn
He is small and lovely and brings joy.

sibling
She is excited, tells me with a thrill how tiny he is, how his toenails are smaller than her earrings.

5 comments:

Lucy said...

I feel I could while away some happy time in that cafe, especially if they served that lasagne!

John Hayes said...

I initially misread "wedge of time" as "wedge of lime," which made me like that entry even more. Love the details here, especially in "lignin" & the detail about toenails being smaller than earrings.

naida said...

now youve got me craving lasanga....

Relyn said...

Congratulations on your nephew. YAY!!

HKatz said...

Congratulations on your nephew. YAY!!
Thanks!

now youve got me craving lasanga....
Lasagna is an easy food to crave.

Love the details here, especially in "lignin" & the detail about toenails being smaller than earrings.
Wedge of lime made me laugh :) And I'm glad you enjoyed the details (yes, the toenails-earrings comparison was lovely to hear, one reason I chose to include it here from all the things I heard regarding the newborn)

I feel I could while away some happy time in that cafe, especially if they served that lasagne!
That cafe doesn't serve the lasagna, but it was interesting to while away some time there...