This week, Grace, our host at dVerse Poetics is throwing colour our way, to chime perfectly with the arrival of spring – hallelujah! She introduces us to the fabulous art of Sunita Khedekar and is inviting us to write a poem inspired by one of her works.
I hope you enjoy my offering – and please do join us! The hosts all work extremely hard to make the community a success.
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.
This week on dVerse Meeting the Bar, our bar-keep Brian urges us to create using all of our senses, except sight. Challenging, or not? Well, I really enjoyed this inspiration, since I love the fact that my new bedroom isn’t infiltrated by the sound of traffic or street lighting. It feels like a womb (I imagine!). And at night, it is utterly black. Glorious for sleeping!
I hope you enjoy my offering – and do take the chance to dip your toe in the world of darkness, or pick up your own figurative pen, why not!
“Dad! Dad! Can you hear me?”
“Yes, Freya, loud and clear.”
“You’re so far away, on the other side. I can hardly see you.”
“I can see you just fine, sweetheart.”
“I wish –”
“I know. But wishing won’t change anything. It will just make you miserable. I want you to be happy.”
“We all miss you, Dad.”
“You don’t need to miss me. I am always here. Right here, where it matters.”
A gentle warmth enveloped me, even though the air was chill this morning. Yes. My Dad is always here.
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