Prosaic is a favourite word in lectures of Rowan Williams. It can mean ordinary, common, daily, not quite as interesting as quite interesting, the norm. It’s antonym, presumably, is poetic. Carol and I laugh over dinner at these words: “The washing-up proved prosaic.” Two other favourites are alignment and attunement, both words indicators of relationship, harmony, shared experience, being in the zone. They’re anti-dogmatic, open to variation. Someone is alive, their mind at work, who is attuned. They are learning, have “something understood”, who are aligned. Inside, over wine, we go on about these words as outside, April cold descends.