aflicker


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Adj.1.Aflicker - shining unsteadilyaflicker - shining unsteadily      
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
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Thousands of years ago, boys rubbed flint together over bunches of dried grass to make fire, and probably, as they did so, they hummed, or warbled unselfconsciously, enjoying the warm vibrations in their throats; whether their fathers told them to stop it's impossible to know, but I can imagine a better dad than me coming up behind a singing son, his face aflicker with firelight, and gently cupping a hand over his progeny's mouth, then raising a finger to his own, and--because words haven't yet been invented--pointing to his ear, and then they both hear it: a wail, a cry, the song of some distant beast who, now that night has come, is looking to slake its hunger, so get that fire going, get those flames higher, and as for singing, maybe it's best if you don't make a sound.
Our timbers properly shivered, we encounter Prospero - in the form of a wellmuscled Patrick Stewart - in some kind of icy Eskimo landscape with animal skins in abundance and the Northern Lights aflicker.
He was prouder Of effects that called for The voice like a green branch Killed in gales, The fat, scaled voice aflicker From a cleft, the soaring, Glancing fountain-voice, the voice Of stone that sank; This afternoon's effulgence, Last night's crystallizations.