Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Week in Seven Words #393

assistance
The cart with her belongings clanks against the walls and comes to an uncertain stop at the head of the stairs. Twice, a neighbor passing by helps her move something down to the U-Haul. Another time, it's a homeless guy who makes five bucks for the box he carries.

gather
She joins me at the synagogue that evening. I sit on a cardboard box at her left arm. The seats and floors are filled with people.

gone
One of the stories we hear: A concentration camp inmate, given an opportunity by the Red Cross to send a postcard to someone, realizes there may be no one left who cares whether he's alive or not.

minute
The storage facility reminds me of a video game where you need to adjust your speed and timing to keep from getting shut out and having to start over. The entry doors will stay open for ten seconds, the elevator doors for seven or eight. If you hit someone with your cart, you lose points. Lower level, make a right, then another right. If you hit the walls with your cart, you lose points.

overhead
Street after street, there are empty storefronts, evidence of high rent blight. To run a small business in this environment has become untenable for many.

salable
Hanging baskets of flowers at the farmer's market, nuts and chocolates too. Only the meat and seafood seem suspicious in their sweating coolers.

storybook
On both sides of a narrow apartment building, there are sunny, vibrant gardens with raised beds of flowers, a small fountain spilling its melody, and a gazebo where a woman and her grandchild sit among piles of picture books.

5 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

I also wonder about perished goods sold at farmer’s markets. Otherwise I love them.

The story of the concentration camp inmate is terribly sad and troubling.

Jay Carr said...

Though it's heartbreaking, "Gone" is my favorite this week. :-)

HKatz said...

@ Brian and Jay - yes, the story of the concentration camp inmate was heart-breaking and hasn't left my thoughts.

The Bookworm said...

I like the image you create with "storybook". And I am very picky with meats sold anywhere really.
"Gone" is one to break your heart.

Enjoy your week.

HKatz said...

I hope you're having a good week too. Storybook was a lovely moment. And yes, "gone" is terrible.