Friday, December 9, 2016

Week in Seven Words #316

She's always struggled with writing, so it's with stunned pride that she sees her piece on the wall, winner of a weekly contest.

She hits replay on the music video (please don't let this get stuck in my head), and there it is again, the Vegas-style Egypt with a talking sphinx throne.

Stirrings of hope and love, late at night. I encourage these feelings with a pep talk, like using bellows for a fireplace.

It wouldn't take much for me to vomit. A sudden movement, maybe. I fold myself into bed on my side, knees to chest, and hope that sleep will ease the nausea.

As four of us play Monopoly, she sits apart, a few feet from the TV, to better shout at the pundits and politicians.

Floating on "Dreams" by The Cranberries in breaks between assignments.

Critical thinking, he assures me, is impossible. There's even a script for giving up on it. ("Other people are thoughtless and extreme, and I'm just reacting to them. They're making me do this. If they didn't, I wouldn't.")


Brian Joseph said...

I like what you wrote for "incensed". I think it is epitomizes a lot of behavior. I have seen this behavior in others have also engaged in it.

HKatz said...

For some the TV is like a punching bag and they're working out frustrations on it.

Barbara Fisher said...

Ripply is such a great word! It makes me thinks of swirls of two-tone ice cream perhaps a raspberry ripple or a strawberry and vanilla.

Nancy Cudis said...

Astonishment! I know that feeling! Hi again, Hila. Thank you for your comment on my Weebly blog. Unfortunately, I had to pack up my posts, including my first Week in Seven Words, and move to Wordpress because of some security issues at Weebly. Good thing I found out early.

This is my second attempt at your Week in Seven Words:

By the way, I went to your Kilter Street site and I salute you for such endeavor, Esther Ariel, even if your landlady demands it. I'm wishing for a similar writing project about my neighborhood, which is teeming with good and strange characters. :)

HKatz said...

@ Barbara - listening to that music gave me a similar pleasure to enjoying some ice cream :)

@ Nancy - at least you caught the security issues now and not later, yes! As for Kilter Street, I'm working on it slowly. It'll take some time to really get fleshed out, but I appreciate your kind words. Thanks :)