Friday, October 7, 2016

Week in Seven Words #307

As children they're learning the art of wearing different masks: the politely engaged one with their teachers, the unruffled, easygoing, coolly knowing one for their classmates.

He appears with a handlebar mustache on a Time Magazine cover. "Impressed?" he asks.

He compares my defense skills to a professional player's, in a game of basketball involving a small plastic hoop lodged above a closet door.

At the end of the week, a cold grips my throat and wrestles me down.

The words don't hurt so much as stick to me like random rubbish, a scrap of paper I've stepped on when it's raining out.

She likes to make each occasion more special with a handmade card. The thought and care she puts into her work creates closeness.

One of those awkward conversations where you feel as if you're surrounded by tripwires. Even a safe topic, taken slightly off course, is liable to lead to an explosion.


Nan said...

It's been such a busy summer around here that I haven't gotten to read your weeks in words. How I love them. How brilliant they always are. You show me a different way to see the world. I'm 'raspy' too.

Brian Joseph said...

What you wrote for "Deportment" is very insightful. This has been a major theme of so much thought, art and literature though the centuries.

Cheryl said...

I always enjoy coming here for your seven word snapshots. You write so beautifully, and there are always observations here that move me - this week, the description of the childhood masks we wear. Lovely.

HKatz said...

@ Nan - Thanks! and I hope you're feeling better.

@ Brian - it's definitely fascinating to watch.

@ Cheryl - thanks so much.