Within these Walls

I often misplace things within these walls:
my keys, the telephone – it’s cordless –
but never my glasses,
which are always on my nose.
I know I’ll find them again on a shelf
crammed with favourite books
or the table beside my armchair.

In the middle of the night,
when the only light
is the moon shining
through pale curtains,
I know which darkness
is solid and which is
shadow within these walls.

Kim M. Russell, 27th September 2018

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My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: The Wall

Sumana is hosting this Midweek’s Motif and she asks us to write a new poem about walls: visible, invisible, real, imaginary or historic walls like the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall. It could even be about the garden fence. She has given us inspiration with quotations from Sir Isaac Newton and Cy Twombly, as well as poems by Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney.

11 thoughts on “Within these Walls

  1. Yes! The time i spend looking! I had to get a cell phone to find my home phone and vice versa! The second stanza reminds me that not only do I know my way/shadows within my home, but often I “see” more without the distracting surface details. Mighty fine, indeed.

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  2. Ah, the familiarity with these walls and all that is within is wonderful — we indeed build our lives in this comforting space we call home. The second stanza adds into the depth of this understanding — I loved how you use darkness as an element that you know: “which darkness/is solid and which is/shadow”.

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    1. It’s amazing how I could find my way around our house blindfolded, which was emphasised by a couple of days in a hotel in Oxford and bumping into furniture in the middle of the night, completely disorientated!

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