Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week in Seven Words #314

They love talking about actions having consequences, until it comes to something they've done. Then, good intentions are all that matter.

She writes a tribute to her friends, the three closest, who cluster around her when shockwaves spread through her life.

The greatest gift her parents gave her, she writes, is a love of cheese. Cheese platters and wine are what hold her family together at home and abroad.

We play charades. I act out a kangaroo. "Karate bunny!" she shouts. I try again.

The boy runs straight at the headlights. He cries when his parents snatch him away.

The basketball flies around like Flubber in the cluttered room.

Dark windows and deserted streets tell me stories I don't know how to interpret. Some neighborhoods wither like unwatered vines, and it isn't always clear why.


Brian Joseph said...

I have a few very close lifelong friends who I have been thinking about lately. "Absorbers" seems so very relevant to me.

Lucy said...

This is a particularly fine set, your edge is sharper than ever. 'Absolution' is acute, yet so obvious, a certain kind of 'dish it out but can't take it' mentality. And I like the slight ambiguity in 'absorbers' and 'coagulation'; they are good things, no doubt, but the words 'cluster' and 'coagulation' are unsettling, slightly squirmy.

Great stuff!

HKatz said...

@ Brian - it's beautiful to have lifelong friends like that.

@ Lucy - thanks! Coagulation was especially meant to be a bit squirmy.