Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Work-hardened hands

Tall, strong, upright, loving, jealous, kind, old and complex Lisbeth Bede, mother of Adam.  I enjoyed George Eliot's minute description...

Worm-channered posts

This suggests woodworm tunneled posts and I imagine that 'channered' refers to the tiny channels they carve on the surface...

Raven-like croaks

Williamson's lovingly accurate study of otters includes many examples of the playfulness of these animals, be it with each other,...

Dove-colored sky

I imagine a soft-white snow-plump cloud cover, just before it shakes out its feather-flake down. Obsessed with sky, I will...

Bun-faced man

Bland and bun-faced isn't a winning combination, even before he imposes his cricket-talk on people who don't share his enthusiasm.

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Hard-featured god

What a curious image, especially the breath hanging about the god's forehead.

May you be spared the hard-featured god, even...

Full of yourself

Mei means ‘beautiful’ or ‘pretty’ and combined with zizi (zer-zer) it means to be very pleased with yourself, zi meaning...

Wave-beaten cape

A rough and remote coastal path, leading to the cave of Charon in a legend recounted by Leigh Fermor.  It...

Honeyed hope

Sounds lovely, although Erasmus uses it to refer to the hare-brained gold, elixir or immortality quests of alchemists.  One more...

Sheet-smooth beaches

Yes, brown hours spent in a place of rippling reefs and sheet-smooth beaches, the sea washing the shore and cleaning...

Limb-consuming Scylla

I appreciated Nicolson's summing up the twin terrors as two aspects of the female threat.

'After the monstrous-beautiful Sirens, Odysseus...

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