Friday, July 6, 2012

Week in Seven Words #126

armed
I find a black and white photo of her tucked inside a book. It was taken decades ago, during her army training. She stands by a tree and holds a gun, the butt of it resting against the ground; she looks at the photographer with a smile that gives away nothing.

captured
She sits alone in her roller-skating gear and with a smile and a little wave snaps a photo of herself out in the bright world.

missed
On a walk in the park I come across a few actors who are yelling things at each other that sound vaguely Shakespearean but don't carry well in the open air. I ask a couple of people who are leaving, "What play is this?" Silently they point to my feet, where I stand on the giant HAMLET written on the pavement in pink chalk. (To thine own clueless self be true.) Speaking of which, Polonius comes out soon after, and you can tell he's an experienced actor. His voice projects, and he speaks his lines well. Too bad he has to die sooner than everyone else.

packing
I'm starting to associate my old apartment with boxes and hamburgers and papers that multiply every time I look the other way.

sapless
I watch eleven and a half minutes (yes I counted) of yet another T.V. show for kids where the characters don't have distinct personalities - they all do the same things and sound alike when they speak. Their misunderstandings are minor and are resolved almost immediately. The message for kids is that if you and your friends are as similar as possible there's less of a chance that you'll be inconvenienced by disagreements, compromises, and independent thoughts.

siesta
In the shade of the beech tree the mallards are napping.

sitting duck
When the car is stuck in traffic, and the frustrated driver is just spoiling for a fight, there you are, captive in the passenger's seat.

10 comments:

Lucy said...

Let sleeping ducks lie!

HKatz said...

And let them sit in peace too :)

Umā said...

Ah yes, that's why I like to drive alone!

Barbara Fisher March House Books said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve visited you before and I’m sure I was following, but I wasn’t so I am now!
I’ve just read and enjoyed several of your posts – your week in seven words is a great idea.

naida said...

I so agree with sapless. There is such 'crap', for lack of a better word, on television.

"missed" made me smile :)

HKatz said...

Ah yes, that's why I like to drive alone!
Except for quiet roads, I don't like driving, I guess not as a passenger or a driver :)

I’ve just read and enjoyed several of your posts – your week in seven words is a great idea.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

I so agree with sapless. There is such 'crap', for lack of a better word, on television.

It's mind-numbing. Who do they hire to write those shows?

Caitlin said...

Thanks for checking out my blog. I love your words of the week, especially sapless, which reminded me of the book I just blogged about.

mariposaspring said...

Those are 7 very strong words, and impressive interpretations! In fact, you've just put how I feel about them into words! ;)

I'm now a proud new follower of your blog, do drop by mine @ bookaworld.wordpress.com too!

-Alicia
bookaworld.wordpress.com

cleemckenzie said...

I agree with Lucy! Stopping in from Book Blogs to join your site and say hi

HKatz said...

@ Caitlin - Thanks (and yes it's terrible when a potentially good story is ruined by flat characters)

@ Alicia & cleemckenzie - thank you both for stopping by :)