Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Week in Seven Words #176

cracks
The papers show me a barely literate boy who can't understand a mathematical word problem because the vocabulary is too advanced for him. For years he's lived like this (no one intervened?) and now they expect that sixteen hours of summertime intervention will prepare him for the sixth grade.

detached
A silent figure at a window, she watches the flags, the batons, and the floats. She can probably hear the cheers through the thick, dark glass.

funning
He offers passers-by a joke for a buck. His takers are a skeptical-looking teenager and a sobbing toddler.

incorporeal
He plays the violin huddled in on himself, as if he wants people to think that the music is flowing out of a bodiless entity.

particles
Closed to the public, the promenade becomes a place where shadows stroll and spots of sunlight skip on the pavement.

sunning
Ducks preening in a brown pond.

trifles
Booths selling blue ceramic teapots and ornate doll heads.

3 comments:

Nan said...

Your words and definitions always make me think. I wonder about that woman in the window. And that poor child. Each word offers a short story, a glimpse of life. Brilliant. I always feel smarter when I visit you. :<)

HKatz said...

Nan, thank you for those lovely compliments and for being a regular visitor here.

Relyn Lawson said...

You paint such pictures. My mind always zooms ahead and fills in the stories.