Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Week in Seven Words #76

amphitheater
Watching The King's Speech outdoors by the Delaware River, I'm huddled knees to chest on a flight of stone steps among friends. The screen ripples slightly in the wind, and the waters beyond are a hypnotic royal blue.

bribery
He flops onto the ground and refuses to go further, but with the promise of cookies at the top of the hill he's back on his feet, grudgingly.

diversion
To stave off his fit of fussiness and tears I change his position every so often. I stand him up on the kitchen table, so he has a prime view of the backyard and of his older brother's elaborate monologue on war tactics. Then he sits on the table, his fist clutching my index finger. Next he finds himself on a soft chair, standing again on my lap and bouncing slightly to the rhythm of the William Tell Overture. I wonder what he makes of all these shifts in perspective.

grisaille
On our walk back some blocks are silent and brightly lit. Others rumble with noise and people packed around tables outdoors. The parks are shadowed and secretive. We watch the lights fade out in a church.

hiking
We find spiders, red and orange mushrooms, a bed of ferns splashed with sunshine, and trees that have tipped into the embrace of other trees. There are also slabs of rock over a trickling stream and stones set in a shaky stairwell on the hillside.

scouting
At the bookstore they fan out, searching for chapter books, picture books, bargain books on military history. Their voices drift from different pockets, across shelves, announcing discoveries and asking others to come look at curious finds.

shearing
I'm on the verge of something - I don't know what – but in spite of my fear I'd like to find out.

6 comments:

John Hayes said...

Interesting how "grisaille" & "hiking" seem to speak to each other! Whatever you are on the verge of, best of luck with it!

Ciara said...

Beautiful. I love how you capture so much in each small paragraph. Each word perfectly weighed and considered. Just gorgeous.

Cottage Garden said...

I love open air cinema. We went to a screening of The Duchess last year at Ickworth House. This year, because of our incredibly wet summer all screenings have been postponed - such a shame - but that's UK weather for you!

Your week in seven words this week is spine-tingling HKatz!

Jeanne
x

Elisheva said...

Hello .......Each one is absolute poetry, What an amazing concept for a blog. I really love this!!!!!! week 76 diversion' I love and know all too well. My daughter is six now, and I have begun again to read and write, for a few years there all I could do was to get through a poem. It opened my eyes to a wide and beautiful world of poetry both old and new that I had never really fully appreciated. I grasped with both hands, for looking after my little one left me little head space for a novel or anything much more than about 10 lines at a time. But I carried poems around with me as I carried this new life, this little girl of poetry in motion. Thanks I will stay connected here. x E

naida said...

Great week in words ;)
amphitheater sounds like fun. I still haven't watched The King's Speech, but want to. I like 'hiking' as well, you describe it perfectly.

HKatz said...

Whatever you are on the verge of, best of luck with it!
Thank you - I don't know where I'm going myself at this point, only that I hope it all turns out well.

Each word perfectly weighed and considered. Just gorgeous.
Thanks so much - I try for that, and I'm happy that you read it that way.

Your week in seven words this week is spine-tingling HKatz!
Thanks, it was an exciting week overall.

Hello .......Each one is absolute poetry, What an amazing concept for a blog.
Welcome to the blog and thank you, both for your kind words and for connecting through google friends. I hope you keep coming back to read and share your thoughts. I also enjoyed visiting your blog and plan to return :)

I like 'hiking' as well, you describe it perfectly.
Thanks - it was an impromptu unplanned hike, and we didn't know how it would turn out, but there are lovely things to see everywhere.

Thanks all for stopping by and commenting.