Friday, March 14, 2014

Week in Seven Words #208 & 209


I tell her that she can sit on the rug, if she likes. She smiles and sits just off the rug, by an inch.

Kids scale the dirty hills of snow on the curbside. They turn them into ice forts, seared black by the breath of dragons.

Broken ice parades on the river. One piece looks like a miniature mountain, another like a shallow bowl of soup. A third is bearing birds towards the ocean.

Shoppers tear apart a store gone bankrupt.

He's too young to understand the jokes, but old enough to want to laugh along.

A small diner. Photos of organically grown vegetables over a grotty ketchup dispenser.

The beat taps and hisses beneath the melodic line.


The temperature has climbed a little, and the day is sunny. People venture out onto the ice that covers the lake, even though it's melting under them. They smile, wave at friends and loved ones taking pictures from the shore. The lake doesn't swallow them up, not this time.

The adults talk, while the children crank up the volume on their favorite Disney Channel show.

The ice has turned to muddy slime. Only beautiful at dusk, when it gleams under the lamps.

On a winter night, a child wails in his stroller, and teenage boys cry, "Dude, dude, dude, dude!" in the dark.

The ducks have found one hole in the ice to call home. They settle around it, their feathers puffed.

The trees stoop and drop an offering of snow to the ground.

Clouds scudding over restless trees.


Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

This is what you call a scavenger hunt on a big scale .... people wrecked and destroyed as many books as they saved!! Bristol is only a few miles from where I live, unfortunately I didn't find out about this opportunity until it was too late!!

I assume that you are talking about contrary children in your example ... Youngsters are a lot more savvy than we adults give them credit for, although we too can be quite contrary when we put our minds to it ... at least I know I can!!!

Some great words this week, thanks for sharing them and have a great weekend,


Relyn Lawson said...

promenading is my favorite of this week

HKatz said...

@Yvonne - Thanks for the link; I wish they didn't need to be so frenzied about it. And yes, contrary children :) They have a purpose to their contrariness, usually. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

@Relyn - Thanks! It was like cloud-gazing, only it was shapes in ice I was looking for.

Naida said...

Contrary reminded me of my daughter straight away :)
And you hit the nail on the head with decibels.
Enjoy your week!