Thursday, March 2, 2017

Week in Seven Words #333

dumping
After getting picked on, he picks on another kid. Watching his pain play out in someone else is satisfying.

invite
There are people who say, "You can tell me anything!" and then react with rejection, contempt, or rage the moment it sounds like something they don't want to hear. Not long after, they'll repeat, with a pristine memory, that you can tell them anything.

ocherous
The river has an orange and silver shimmer. In the foreground, cars race past with headlights like fireflies.

parameters
The adulthood his parents show him seems easy to master. There's a small set of correct beliefs. There's a larger set of beliefs to pay lip service to and mock in private. There are certain people it's ok to laugh at and wound. Always act as if you know what you're doing.

puppies
Four of them have tumbled on a diamond-patterned blanket. Their faces give them a free pass on all mischief.

refreshed
She's happy I call her on her birthday. I'm happy I didn't talk myself out of it with the usual excuses: it wouldn't matter, she doesn't know me well, I'd just be bothering her...

snooze
He's presenting a complex lecture, and all it takes is ten seconds(?) of zoning out for me to lose the thread. Like a cat batting at yarn, my brain goes after it, before curling up to nap for the remaining fifteen minutes.

3 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

There is something very realistic, and very sad, about what you wrote for both dumping and for parameters.

With that, I agree that one should always act like one knows what one is doing :)

Roderick Robinson said...

"headlights like fireflies". An exact description of the lighting arrangements on my VW Beetle, circa 1964. The beam must have projected all of 12 yards.

HKatz said...

@ Brian - in some cases, acting like that can help; other times, it hinders.

@ Roderick - VW Beetles are cute cars.