Monday, February 6, 2017

Week in Seven Words #328

chainsaws
I hear the anger behind their words more than the words themselves. It's a smug, desperate, vindictive anger that rips through their speech.

clustering
Men in black coats gather at a bus shelter by an abandoned lot. Rain dribbles off their hats.

ferociously
Rounds of Monopoly Deal, with groans, squeals, and eyes narrowed over fanned cards.

furtively
Tables pushed together in a U-formation soon bear a load of beer, soda, and nachos with melted cheese. Between the chairs, a cockroach creeps, tasting possibilities.

innocently
When he finds out I'm Jewish, he asks why people hate Jews. The Jews are in danger, he says. He's a third grader who has never, to his knowledge, met a Jew before.

tide
Returning from a weekend away to an ocean of laundry.

transcendently
As an adult, she finds coloring books relaxing. Some of the pages she's working on show mythic creatures. Using colored pencils, she makes a phoenix shimmer with fire.

3 comments:

Roderick Robinson said...

In my poverty-stricken younger days I lived in Stoke Newington, a suburb in North London where there was a concentration of Hasidic Jews. My apartment was one of two in an old, dilapidated house and because the other family was Jewish, there was a mezuzah on our shared front door. Thus I found myself answering my door-bell and using my almost forgotten German in an attempt to answer the puzzled questions (in Yiddish) from a member of the Hasidim. I was impressed by their long black coats, seemingly in silk, and especially their black hats; both looked expensive. Later I was confirmed in this impression when it rained; the hats were hastily enveloped in purpose-made plastic covers. The bag detracted a little from the hat's solemnity but I could appreciate its utility.

Brian Joseph said...

What you wrote for "chainsaws" seems like an all too common description these days. I can picture some people that I know.

What you wrote for "furtively" may stay with me throughout today :)

HKatz said...

@ Roderick - yes, they generally take good care of their hats, and when it rains on the Sabbath, they'll wear ponchos over their clothes.

@ Brian - yes, all too common, unfortunately. As for furtively... you probably don't want to know that it was a long, fat roach, not a small kind.