Friday, December 29, 2017

Week in Seven Words #376

The park is a narrow strip of grass by the river. Mostly, people pass through it on bikes or jogging with their dogs, but few linger. One guy though has laid out bowls of food for pigeons and stray cats. The pigeons have appeared, but not the cats. They'll come, he says.

Jets of water from the firefighters' hoses form successive arcs in the sunlight. (There's no sign of a current or recent fire. Maybe it's a test of hose functioning or a training session.)

They're the kind of teens that would be portrayed in the media as troubled or wild. They're polite and give us precise directions that help us find our way through a neighborhood hit by unexpected street closings.

Her spine curves along the underside of the boulder as she searches for insects in the grass.

The river looks like Turkish coffee, and the bridges are the open mouths drinking it.

Barbed wire loops along the stone walls that enclose the drug rehab facility. The building is an old stone structure with narrow windows, the shades drawn on most. There's silence from the yard behind the wall.

By the rail yard, there's a broken water fountain. Grass springs out of its nozzle.


Brian Joseph said...

Nature had a way of doing the repurpose think very well.

I love the image of the drug rehabilitation facility that you painted. It is very atmospheric.

Happy New Year's to you and your family Hila!

Roderick Robinson said...

Feeding pigeons is a fine-able offence in the UK, at least in some London railway stations. A poster explains why. Basically it tries to say "Because they crap on people's heads" much more genteelly. But the euphemisms get tangled with bad syntax and the authority ends up with metaphorical pigeon-crap on its head. This always cheers me up. Euphemists deserve humiliation I feel, perhaps because the word "euphemism" sounds like a euphemism anyway. I'm irritated by the phrase "loved ones" which seems to imply one automatically becomes lovable when one dies. Part of my last will and testament will finance an orgy to prevent this happening in my case. Come to think of it, it may not be necessary.

HKatz said...

@ Brian - thanks, and I hope you and your family have a happy new year too!

@ Roderick - I'm not sure if it's a finable offense in NYC, but then there are many little laws that trip people up, so I don't know.