Sunday, 9 August 2015

the trouble with implications

     the unlit room was comfortable and soothing;
the day had been muggy and the absence of light –
relief, from an oppressive glare . . . 
the fan oscillated back and forth
sending shady breezes tumbling round me,
kicking up the air, so that, the nuisance 
trivialities of the day, rolled away
like thistledown bounding down hill

     contentment in the restorative calm of nothing-to-do, 
alone in the pleasant dark, sitting - utterly relaxed
but, of course, aloneness ceases to be a treat
if it lingers overly long – and, as luck would have it,
i was spared the fate of boredom that,
occasionally, descends in gloomy exhalations, upon
unoccupied hours . . . if they are not interrupted, at some point . . .

     when the door opened and hot light and hub-bub and racket
blasted the tranquility with all the subtlety of
a nuclear thermal rocket taking off
in the cozy confines of my little dark lair - - - - - - - - - - 
     “We’re Back!” . . .”Why is it so dark in here?”
oh dear . . . caught sitting alone in the noiseless, dark . . . again
– from blissful solitude and quiet sanctuary –
to:  “umm, i dunno – i guess . . . i must have dozed off”. 

note:  posted for Poets United.

photo:  Door in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, in Vancouver's Chinatown - W. Bourke

© 2015 Wendy Bourke


  1. Absolutely wonderful!! I can so relate to this. Beautiful job.

  2. LOL. I so totally get this post!!!!!!

  3. I like the solitude of a dark room..enjoying a lazy afternoon alone in my thoughts.

  4. Oh Wendy I have had that blissful alone time suddenly interrupted before I was ready....many ask why I like to sit in the dark....they will never understand.....a wonderful description!

    1. Enjoying a good sit in the noiseless dark, must be a "poet thing". Because, you are right, Donna: Many will never understand. The "implication" most of the world seems to have is that anyone doing so, is clearly in the throws of some sort of mental anguish. In such cases, it's easier to just deny it. Ha!

  5. I agree with what others have said. I really do GET the idea of sitting in a dark and quiet room! Aloneness for a time is definitely a pleasurable experience.

  6. And how we need this aloneness in an ideal space like "noiseless dark"at least for a while...not everyone understands this...a lovely write as always Wendy....

  7. Maybe we need them both... The loneliness inside a darkened room and the interruptive racket.. The doses has to be carefully measured though and hopefully the timing was perfect.

  8. When one is down and seems no hope, then bein gin the dark relaxes the mind and clears the clutter away.

  9. Ha, one situation, different aspects.

  10. I have been finding comfort being alone most of the time where the light is only my lamp shade. It's comforting.

    Thanks for this Wendy

  11. We often find a sense of peace when we sit in the dark and contemplate our thoughts. Beautifully executed :D

    Lots of love,

  12. It's hard isn't it - perhaps silence is best enjoyed when we know it will be pleasantly interrupted and is not ours to endure alone...

  13. I find it interesting that some folk see sitting in the quiet dark coolness as a cause for concern ( no lights on... AGAIN!). I find it empowering as well as restful, for I can always turn on a light and return to the hubbub. It's so nice to rest in the dim quiet, though ... nicely written Wendy!

  14. Nice, I find being alone in the dark room very soothing too ~ these moments are hard to come by when the whole family and friends are around ~ Hope you are enjoying the summer season Wendy ~

  15. Aloneness and quiet will be ideal to inadvertently forget life's woes and doze off in peace. Wonderful write Wendy!


  16. Great poem the ending was perfect.

  17. Haha, this is very easy to relate to!

  18. Loved this Wendy! Such a wonderful slice of life here