Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Week in Seven Words #238

bordered
The conversation is largely a repetition of other ones we've had. Because his point isn't to tell me something new; it's to map out the current limits of his life, at least how he sees it. He can do this, but not that. Go there, but no farther, not for now. His words make the boundaries firmer.

bowl
Sand pounded flat by feet but not by waves. It's a sheltered harbor. The water is flat and calm and waits for people to disturb it.

featureless
The sun's glare turns everyone into silhouettes.

mistrustful
A preschooler balances on a fence with his father's help. He tests his father by tipping forward suddenly; will the large hands around his waist tighten and hold him steady? They do. He tells his father, "You'll drop me!" He insists on it, against all conflicting evidence; his father will drop him - it's just a matter of time.

numbing
The idea of time healing wounds - not sure about it. At least, it's not as simple as that. Because time can bring with it numbing, which isn't necessarily the same as healing.

thrust
Roots that have punched through rock and cement.

tinny
I wonder if I'm little more than a nerdy sideshow in his life. And in her life, a project that went haywire, much to her chagrin and bitter delight.

2 comments:

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

Some great words and analogies again this week.

My particular favourites are:

Bordered - as I can see this trait in myself and I am aware that I often have conversations like this.

Numbing - I will often pretend that time has healed wounds, although the reality of the situation is such that I will remember things for a long time, but never bring the real issue to the surface.

Featureless - is just a brilliant observational generalisation, made so much more acute if you are wearing sunglasses.

Thanks for sharing and have a Very Happy New Year.

Yvonne

HKatz said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

"although the reality of the situation is such that I will remember things for a long time, but never bring the real issue to the surface."

I do this too, for some things. I have to judge whether the issue is worth bringing to the surface and sharing with other people; depending on who's involved, they might not understand or care to understand.