Sunday, August 05, 2012

diffused

A Dinner Table at Night, 1884, John Singer Sargent
what is behind the bellowing curtains
she asks herself..
her mind has zoomed out her companion's voice
waiting for dessert,
is that a wise move?
she wishes for solitude

there can never be a shortcut
maybe the morning will show her a path
but for now, the bellowing curtains hold her interest
not the raging fire
nor the winds or rains
nothing can shatter her calm

"not for her, the softened lights"


21 comments:

Daydreamertoo said...

I hope her story has a happy ending :)
Lovely interpretation of the prompt.

Catfish Tales said...

Oh, the blessed calm....

Jinksy said...

Finding one's own calm centre is good trick, if you can do it...

joanne said...

she is so cool....and unafraid, as I might be about the 'bellowing curtains'...

Linda said...

I love the sense of calm and solitude you have created with your words here, Gautami. The end quote emphasizes the aloof feeling. Lovely work. Thank you for sharing.

Dana Dampier said...

I love how she tries to focus on something simple to stay calm throughout the period.

oldegg said...

He probably won't even notice she has lost contact with him; he must be boring!

izzy said...

I love the curtains- I used them in a slightly different way, as I was so often outdoors looking in!
I can relate to her angst.

Barbara The Healthy Nut said...

This is beautiful. I love the many layers suggested by so few words. Well done!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I really enjoyed how you kept going back to the curtains, and wondering what was better out there. Well done.

Tess Kincaid said...

I love the notion of a curtain bellowing...perhaps in song?

Sue said...

I love the last line.

=)

razzamadazzle said...

Solitude can truly be a blessed thing.

Susan said...

"what is behind the bellowing curtains
she asks to herself..
her mind has zoomed out her companion's voice . . ."

You sketch this in so beautifully with questions and assertions, and the wish for solitude, that I believe you whole-heartedly. I have been there!

Karen S. said...

Your opening line just grabs me, with the bellowing curtain...her calm is rich as well throughout. Nicely done!

pandamoniumcat said...

Oh it's funny what will fascinate us at the most bizarre moments... anything to escape I guess. Nice write!

Bone said...

I like this, as I am very prone to tuning someone out :)

Was wondering about you during the power outage. Hope you weren't too inconvenienced.

Patti said...

I love the tie in with the image. I hope her calm and solitude was able to show her the path the next morning...

Chèvrefeuille said...

Awesome poem, very nice written. Full of positive energy and strenght

Sharp Little Pencil said...

n air of mystery, as though she doesn't want to believe she may have been stood up or rejected. She maintains her cool. The italicized ending, and interpretation of her inmost thoughts, lovely. Great write, Gautami! Peace, Amy

Jack said...

Gautami,

About one at peace with self told so well.

Take care