Monday, August 29, 2011

Week in Seven Words #82

bustle
Without all the work of writing papers one would think I'd be less busy, but instead the days are cluttered with chores I'd postponed, errands to run, an apartment to neaten and organize in preparation for a new life.

conduit
I walk down a puddly brick corridor lined with trees, white flowers, and benches soaked in rainwater.

drupaceous
Slices of white peach on a damp paper plate.

gratis
Getting a library card is always a happy occasion. On this one the largest word is FREE, written in white letters on a red background. It reminds me of Emily Dickinson: How frugal is the Chariot/That bears a Human soul.

hull
The library's second floor is one long room with a raftered ceiling and some skylights showing sun and tumbling clouds. It's cozier than I expected, tables and shelves packed close together, babies crawling around among heaps of board books in the children's section by the picture window. We're in a boat voyaging across a quiet ocean; the skies are untroubled.

hypnagogic
Ten pm at the supermarket; I'm in a floaty-minded relaxed mood. Fellow shoppers include: an off-duty security guard, her face waxy with exhaustion; a mother herding a pack of squalling overtired children; a middle-aged man in a cut-off tee buying huge bottles of organic fruit juice. It's been a long day. I stop by the snow-white onions and try to figure out where the bananas have been relocated to.

temblor
The ground shakes. Shortly after, we shake hands and part. An unexpected earthquake coincides with a meeting that marks a change in the course of my life.

10 comments:

John Hayes said...

"Hypnagogic has always been a favorite word of mine! & I love all the images here, but especially that one, "conduit" & "hull." I just got a Multnomah County library card (Multnomah County is Portland!)--it felt so frugal!

Hope that whatever transitions you're undergoing are happy & fruitful.

Crafty Green Poet said...

tremblor is excellent, the confluence of significant happenings

Good luck for your 'new life'

Nan said...

I am just so impressed by these postings. I think they are brilliant. Really. In this one, I especially liked the descriptions of the people in the store, and the 'babies crawling among heaps of board books.'

ramona said...

Once again I find a selection of words used with such passion!

I detect some change is imminent. Best wishes.

Elisheva said...

I feel like you are giving us gifts each time you do your 7's. Like you are giving us the truth of each word. I love Tremblor, and will take it with me. Thanks: )

HKatz said...

I just got a Multnomah County library card (Multnomah County is Portland!)--it felt so frugal!
Happy reading! And thanks for your kind words.

tremblor is excellent, the confluence of significant happenings
It amused me that the timing worked out that way :)

I especially liked the descriptions of the people in the store, and the 'babies crawling among heaps of board books.
Thank you, and I'm glad you're enjoying these posts.

Once again I find a selection of words used with such passion!
This was a passionate week in some important ways.

Like you are giving us the truth of each word.
That's such a wonderful comment; it's one of my aims with this...

Thanks all for commenting!

naida said...

I liked temblor. And of course gratis.

Monica {bohemian twilight} said...

fab words, my fave is conduit.

"An unexpected earthquake coincides with a meeting that marks a change in the course of my life. "
how thrilling.

HKatz said...

I liked temblor. And of course gratis.
Thanks - and yes, library cards are wonderful.

how thrilling.
It made me laugh at the time, how the two went together...

Thanks for stopping by!

Relyn said...

Temblor has me curious, you know.