Village

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The village is asleep when I sneak out
to see the silence lean on houses,
some chimneys smoke, but people are still in their beds,
a quiet damp of warmth hangs over all those rooftops
and under every rooftop a different dream is dreamt, a secret kept.
Somewhere a child is getting born. And someone dies.

And then the first dog barks. Another follows soon.
A car is starting engine. A ship blows its low whistle
and the church bells ring. The new-born cries.
Sea gulls are screaming loud above this all, the noise is now a steady.
This is my home, where clotted silence overrules the whispered voices of the night
until it’s dawn
and children start their lives whenever they are ready.

Comments on: "Village" (16)

  1. Beautiful poetry!
    I am begining to consider being a child in such a home.
    Lovely concept indeed!

  2. “…see the silence lean on houses” brilliant.

  3. ” see the silence lean on houses”
    “and children start their lives whenever they are ready.” Lovely lines Ina, Bravo!

  4. Love the idea of silence leaning on houses! A great poem.

    My thoughts often wander along like this very early morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

    L&H xx

    • Thank you Chrsitine. It can be so quiet just before everyone else is awake ๐Ÿ™‚ L&H xx

  5. PS they have all gone out, hence I have a few moments to blog browse!! xx

  6. Simple and effective.

  7. I could see it and smell it (the smoke, the early morning air) and hear the silence, of course. You will brought me where you are/were. Just superb, Ina – your poetry gets better and better. XO

  8. I sneak out
    to see the silence lean on houses
    What a great line! The whole poem, imagistic, suggestive, is imaginative, filled with the pulsing of life, and captures not only the look of the village in the early morning air, but also the life of the village that is layered into the day before the movement starts. I agree with Diane, “your poetry gets better and better.”

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