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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tramuntana


Gusts like wrecking balls howl the picnic table through our bay window. The majestic red maple, shorn of its roots, clasps the jeep in a fierce, shimmering embrace. Nothing will satisfy this keening banshee.


33 words for , including SATISFY  (transitive verb) 3a : to make happy : please   b : to gratify to the full : appease


42 comments:

  1. I love how you made "howl" transitive here - what a creative use of the word, and so vivid. Amazing, terrifying picture. I hope this is fiction!

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    1. Oooh Thanks for the love, Christine! Fiction as far as the physical world is concerned. It's pretty much like what my inner sanctum feels like, though : )

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    2. I also agree that "howl" works there. I did a double-take on it, but got it and enjoyed it. That's a worse storm than I've had recently!

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    3. Thanks so much for the feedback, John! Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, these are the ones you want to stay away from, if you can : )

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  2. I love your use of personification.

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  3. Fierce. A great audio and visual image scape. (RogRites)

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    1. Glad you seemed to enjoy it, Rog, thanks!

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  4. It sound like she has it in for you! Good piece.

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    1. Oh, if it were only she who had it in for me, Joe! Thanks!

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  5. Quite the storm. Great work Kymm.

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    1. The storm or? Oh, right. Thank you, Thom!

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  6. Those sorts of storms are best endured underneath. As in, underneath a bed, underneath the covers, etc. What a frightening image!

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    1. Haha Kinda my point. Nowhere to hide (bay window), nowhere to run (jeep). Thanks letting me frighten you, Tina!

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  7. Fierce and evocative. Great use of language, Kymm!
    P.S - I have started following your blog so I know what you posted :)

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    1. Oh! Love those descriptors, TIZ. Thank you!
      I'll have to figure out this blogging business, but (*sigh*) I guess I'll have some extra time soon in which to do that. *sigh*

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  8. A wicked storm indeed! I've always loved your words!

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    1. Haha wicked is one of my favorite words. Thanks, Renada, and the love is mutual : )

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  9. "Keening banshee" - love that imagery! Storms like that are scary... I agree with Tina - underneath the bed is perfect :)

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    1. Yeah, keening banshee's one of the scariest things ever. Especially when it is in your head... (I exaggerate though). The problem is if you can get underneath the bed... Thanks, Janna!

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  10. gusts like wrecking balls, love that!

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    1. Oooh, glad you liked it, Claudia. Thank you!

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  12. The maple clasping the jeep - poetry.
    Alas, not for the tree.
    Or the car.

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  13. That's terrifying. Great choice of words

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    1. Happy to terrify... Thank you, HL!

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  14. My husband has been through a hurricane similar to the setting you've created here, looking out a window and seeing large-ish objects flying by. You paint this picture so authentically, Kymm! "Keening banshee" is not only musically personified but somehow the aptest word choice (though certainly not expected) to close the piece. Awesome work!

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    1. Thank you so much, Leigh! I survived Hurricane Bob back home for a visit years ago, though I grew up more accustomed to Nor'easters. Hurricane Bob sent a shabbily attached widow's walk through a neighbor's front dorr, as well as beaching innumerable yachts.
      This storm, though, was in my head.

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  15. Loved the fierceness in this -the words immediately convey the immense power unleashed by such a hurricane!Excellent take-I could almost hear and see it Kymm-oooh!And hey girl,am going to miss seeing you -could you tell me how to follow you-am on WP-no w=twitter handle and google is disallowing me from following anyone :-(

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    1. Atreyee!! Thank you!
      I am not at all versed in blogging. I will have to find out how to keep in touch with others also. I hope I just added a Subscribe Feeder. Let me know if it works!

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  16. great verbs & descriptions: shorn, clasps, shimmering embrace

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! Glad you liked them.

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  17. Oooo. This feels different for you. And I like it! Thanks for linking up, Kymm.

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    1. Hehe I've been cheating on you with a poetry site. Glad you like it. Thanks, Tri!

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  18. Oh I love this. Such fear and so many questions you generate with your images. Lovely use of the prompt.

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    1. Who knew I could generate all this fear? Don't know what to do with the cowering mobs!
      Hahaha Thank you so much, Sarah Ann!!

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