Thursday, October 1, 2015

Week in Seven Words #263

absented
Historic plaques in grotty subway stations. The subway system is teeming with stories no one knows, because people don't like to look around when they're waiting on a platform. They pretend they're elsewhere, maybe already at their destination, and not underground in the stale air and filth.

hindsight
When I walk along the dead lawns, I imagine meeting my younger self, taking her by the shoulders, and telling her a thing or two.

linked
I hear them chanting, and their voices are like chains of silver.

obscure
You find it in the folds of her robes: an owl. Few people would spot it or think to look for it. It will never venture out of its sheltered spot.

projected
I know I have a craving for chocolate when every large brown boulder reminds me of fudge.

pronounced
Heliotrope lipstick and hair a traffic cone shade of orange. She's lit up like a flare in the gray neighborhood.

somnolence
The interior of the historic church is made of dust, marble and roses. A man in the pews bows his head - praying, or coaxed to sleep by incense and warmth.

4 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

This is a neat choice of words and impressions.

I may be the only person that looks at those plaques :)

HKatz said...

Thanks - and you're not the only one who looks. Just one of a very select few :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

I must admit I am not one for reading plaques, even in museums and galleries, although when one does catch my attention, I am generally amazed at the new information I gather!

When I am in a relatively confined space with lots of people, I tend to look down or straight ahead, rather than gaze around me or make eye contact with complete strangers who might judge me.

I guess I therefore fit into you category of absented, although there must be many more adjectives to describe my strange behaviour!

Great words and examples from your everyday observations, thanks for sharing :)

Yvonne

HKatz said...

"I must admit I am not one for reading plaques, even in museums and galleries, although when one does catch my attention, I am generally amazed at the new information I gather!"

With me, it depends on the situation too :) How many people are around is one factor (I also don't like getting too distracted when in a subway station, especially when I'm alone). 'Absented' here only looks at one reason (wishing oneself elsewhere).

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.