Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Augenblick, or: A Like

Time for some file browsing and revisiting: the new photofriday theme is "Eyes". Not an easy challenge, but a good one. It took me back to London, to that "Eye" moment in the British Museum.

From there, I moved to the curious world of homonyms, of sounding-alike words. Like: two and too. Or: I and eye. Or, if you add a dimension and cross language borders: eagle and Igel (the German hedgehog). Such different animals, but same name. And such joy, to revisit those words from back then:

A Like

“Sea,” he says.
Her eyes are closed, her toes curled into his. “She,” she answers.
He doesn’t get it.
She paints the words into the air: sea, see, sie.
“They are alike,” she explains, “sea and see. And in German, it would be understood as sie, which means: she.”
“Homonym,” he says.
Now she doesn’t get it.
“Different words, same pronunciation,” he explains. “Definition of homonym.”
“Probably the very same word in German,” she figures, and searches for more of them.
“I,” she says.
“Eye,” he answers,
“And in German: Ei. Egg.”
Outside, a bus drives by, honks.
“One more?”
“Easy,” she answers. "More. Is Moor in German: bog.”
“Okay,” he says. “Done.”
She beams. “That’s another one, actually.”
Dann. Then.”
“So then,” he says, his hand in her hair, and they both fall silent while their minds go hunting for more words that sound as alike as they feel that day.

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