In my room –
when velvet black undulates in the depths of night
I am secure, cosseted, nurtured.
Encased in my duvet cloud
toes peeking out, stretching towards the radiator as it clinks and clangs, expanding and contracting
I listen for the background ‘hisssshhhh’ as water rushes through the pipes, molecules racing along in their H2O hamster wheel.
The French door is open behind the blackout blind –
Aeons earlier I had pressed the smooth metal handle, turned the angular key (I can still feel the impression its cold corners left on my fingers), sensed the bolts shudder and slide in casings worn smooth.
Night air clamoured, grappling to fill the void as indoor warmth sighed to the heavens in almost mute supplication
The damp breath of Nature caressed me, gooseflesh prickled and tiny hairs stood to attention –
Creeping-creature sounds surround me now as I recline, supine, feline.
I taste the earth in the air as the world relaxes into its darkest hours –
the delicate tip-toe of the urban fox, an owl screech to wake the slumber-bound
and the frantic flutter of a moth, searching for a shaft of light around which to dance her dance of the mad.
In my room, in the depths of night, all of this can be found.
46 thoughts on “Tendrils”
nice… love the H2O hamster wheel… the use of sound…hisssshhhh… i once had a bedroom close to a busy street and had to get used to the sounds first – after a while they felt so familiar that i missed them when everything was silent
Yes, we do get used to our environments quite quickly – that’s how we survive as a species! But it’s so nice to have some quiet… 🙂
The details of the radiotor here is marvelous.. as well as the details of the key’s imprint in your hand.. I feel you have really really gone deep into how it feels and smell.. you did a marevelous job..
Thank you so much, Bjorn. I definitely enjoyed writing this one!
There is, I think, something comforting about the radiator / heating system sounds in the night. However, I am one who does not like to sleep in absolute black. From my bed I look outside and can see the stars or the lights down below if I wish. It is black enough for sleeping, but not total black. I like ‘encased in my duvet cloud.’ Though here we don’t have many duvets, I understand the comfort of them. I enjoyed your sleepy write. Smiles.
Thank you, Mary. I used to not like total black, but it has definitely grown on me!
Your mention of ‘duvet’ reminded me of the first one I had as a child. Its puffy comfort reassured me. I discovered later that those in Germany and Austria were even more comfortable. I am glad you enjoy your new bedroom!
Yes, continental duvets are indeed a dream!
I love the velvet darkness surrounding you in warmth ~ The sounds & imagery relaxes me ~ Admiring the use of the animals too specially the moth ~
Thank you, Grace.
I like the picture of your toes peeking out from the duvet – that moment of warmth where under the covers we dream, but connected out to the real world… by a tenuous foothold..
I often sleep with one foot peeking out – not sure why! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
the perfect thermostat 🙂
ha. its cool…love the animal sounds ther ein that last bit….it brings the night alive…a bit…my favs is still remembering the impression of the handle on your fingers…the breathe of nature as well..i realy like how you build a scene with sounds and touch…
Thank you so much, Brian. It was fun to write 🙂
Oh…this is making me sleepy…Better go to my duvet now.
See how good your writing is?
Hehe – thank you, Jo-hanna!
I think you brought in all the senses (except sight, of course) but who needs it in this one. Those awakening hours do enliven our senses and this is especially vivid.
Thank you, Victoria – I’m glad you enjoyed my room! 🙂
I like the sounds of your room, and the smells without – and I could visualize it all from the descriptions that wind like a vine in this poem. Very stimulating and well described.
Thank you, Gay. I feel like a whole lot of people know my room intimately now! 🙂
This was great Freya. Our senses in the dark are sharpened when we have to use them. lovely reading as well.
The animal sounds can reassuringly be music to the ears! How nice to be in a new bed! Wonderful shot Freya!
Yes, it’s my haven for mow, I think.
WONDERFUL. I loved the tiptoe of the fox and the owl screech. A wonderful write!
The more we think we insulate ourselves from that which is outside our room, the more we become aware of every twitch, groan, & shudder somewhere in our domicile, a freezer moving ice cubes, a radiator shaking with stream, a wall flexing, a breeze sliding under a shutter, insects arriving from the pipes, a child whimpering or snoring; yes, and facets dripping, trains passing, sweet lonely squeezes on its air horns; very nice poem, great rhythms, and meandering senses.
I agree – once we are totally quiet and stop the outpouring of thoughts, our surroundings creep in and we are now part of the whole (as if we can ever be anything but that)>
Great clamoring of that radiator, and I love the mute supplication to heaven at the end of the night.
Thank you, Linda.
I want a room like this…Like Claudia, I loved the H2O hamster wheel.
Thank you! It’s beautiful with the sunlight streaming in as well 🙂
Quite the description of lying in one’s bed..all the thoughts, fears, feelings, before sleep arrives….right down to the goosebumps..
I enjoyed the writing – can you tell? Thank you!
great feeling, warm inside and whispering streetscape,
Thank you, Lucy!
How alert we are to the sounds of night and how our imagination (can) run wild. I love total darkness too as my quilt caresses me to sleep…
When we moved from the city ot the countryside when I was little, it took me a long time to get used to the dark, dark nights! Now, I love it.
Your senses were on high alert when you wrote this–so well done, and obviously inspired by your response to your new room. Sounds perfect.
i like the sounds of “recline, supine, feline” and the frantic fluttering of the moth’s mad dance!
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
it does sound quite peaceful. I imagine falling asleep is easy given the atmosphere you described. lovely write.
Oh yes, it’s very, very easy!
Completely cool write, loved the night feel, sounds and how your senses took us with you to that place!
Thank you, Shanyn!