all day

writing. all day.
(sunk into the corner seat)

some days, you just hafta
sink in and
hunker down.

“The phrase ‘hunker down’ seems originally to have been Scottish,
maybe the eighteenth century?”
(I’m Irish…does that count?)

“Old Norse ‘huka’ means to squat.
Modern Dutch ‘huiken’ and German ‘hocken,’
meaning to squat or crouch.”
(oh great. that sounds…embarrassing)

“The word is popular in American English,
in phrases like ‘hunker down’ or ‘on your hunkers.'”
(yep. said that.)

“The Oxford English Dictionary description of how to hunker:
‘squat, with the haunches, knees, and ankles acutely bent,
so as to bring the hams near the heels,
and throw the whole weight upon the fore part of the feet.'”
(um. well. people would look at me reaaaaalllly funny,
if I did that in this-here coffee shop, wouldn’t they?)

“The advantage of this position is that
you’re not only crouched close to the ground,
so presenting a small target
for whatever the universe chooses to throw at you,
but you’re also ready to move at a moment’s notice.”

“Hunker down has also taken on the sense of
to hide, hide out, or take shelter,
whatever position you choose to do it in.”

Been hunkering.
(hiding out, writing)

Hunker away.
(in whatever position you choose to do it in)


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