Friday, March 25, 2016

Week in Seven Words #284

Eyeing an assignment sidelong - a tough one, and I wish I could put it off. But if I do that, it will expand in my mind like a tentacled beast, throttling other thoughts.

Sneakers squeak on the indoor basketball court. Athletic giants peer down at the players from a mural that runs along the upper part of the wall.

In a coffee shop where the light doesn't reach every corner, we're huddled over tea and plates of pastries. The window is smudged with dirt and rain.

The sign says, "Do not smoke on this bench or near this bench." Maybe it will be replaced soon by a sign that clarifies what 'near' means - three feet? Five feet? Ten? We can't leave these things to chance. People need to be told exactly what to do. Make sure a security camera is pointing at the bench too, just in case.

"I've seen it all," he says. But no, he hasn't. He just feels like he has. And for the time being he lacks the energy to risk any new experiences. He's retreated, hurt, and the world looks inhospitable to him. But comforting, because he's made it smaller than it is. He can pretend to see into its far corners. Nothing will surprise him.

The fountain erupts in a shower of light, like a watery fireworks show.

She's arranged the flowers to look like butterflies, circling and landing.


Brian Joseph said...

The image of the fountain under "varicolored" really brought back memories of fountains that I have seen.

What you wrote under "shrunken" really rings true.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

All great words and thoughts this week, however my personal favourites were, 'delaying' and 'oversight'.

How much bigger and more difficult do those tasks and jobs seem to become, the longer I put off tackling them. Until eventually, they just appear so overwhelming and unachieveable, that they get side-lined completely!

How often do I see these ambiguous signs and statements, generally erected by civil servants, in public places. They are usually totally meaningless and clearly written by someone, who whilst quite happy to take the praise for being a 'jobsworth', doesn't actually want to put their name to a dictate, which could later be turned against them in a dispute!

Thaks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your Easter :)


The Bookworm said...

I like the image you create with "nestling". There's something comforting about sitting in a cozy coffee shop enjoying tea, pastries and good conversation with a friend.
Happy Sunday!

HKatz said...

@ Brian - Thanks. "Shrunken" is hard to experience, but also difficult to observe from the sidelines.

@ Yvonne - I know... the longer I put it off, the more it becomes unmanageable. A lesson I've learned, and neglected, and learned again :) Thanks for stopping by.

@ Naida - It is very comforting, thanks :)