Sunday, 6 January 2013

Back to school





The new term starts tomorrow,
the children go back to school
a different kind of peaceful
will warp the day, almost semi-sorrow.

 

While they were home, they woke up late,
ate at odd times, played with screens
kept hours that wouldn’t be allowed in
your days, but you didn’t remonstrate.

 

Two weeks of merry upheaval -
young voices in the living room,
weird music played at a hiked volume
you can barely call civil;

 

thank god, the neighbours can’t complain
because their children, home as well
make enough noise of their own, cancel
out yours, but it’s still hard to entertain

 

sudden demands for junk food,
cola, rides to places, movies, malls;
your day’s routine scrambled by it all,
your days of ordered solitude

 

now they’ll lie blankly tranquil,
with precise routines of nothingness
tomorrow a sterile silence, less
noise, politely low music, time to kill;

 

leisurely prepared and sipped coffees,
unbroken quiet hours to yourself
minus all turmoil, but you can’t help
wonder if it really makes for peace.



Shared at Poetics@dVerse where the prompt today is "peace".

17 comments:

  1. ...But you will miss the li'l noises for sure... mom do find our noise irritating yet she looks so unhappy when we're out to school leaving her alone though she often faked a smile... Maybe when it comes to mothers... noises from their children define the real peace in 'em than having their kids shut up...great sentiments...i enjoyed it...smiles...

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    1. Like the way you have put it, noises from kids define peace for their mothers, they do indeed.

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  2. smiles...i love when things go a bit out of routine during holiday times..it has its own kinda peace in all the energy and motion.. smiles..sounds you had a lovely holiday time

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    1. I did have a lovely time, which is now at an end. I love that out of routine bit about holidays as well..

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  3. haha...back to school here as well tomorrow...and for me too...it will be hard...two weeks def throws the rhythm off...will be nice to get some routine back though...my boys have been up way too late...smiles.

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    1. Fun to throw the rhythm off and fun also to get it back...my little guy here has been defining his own bedtime :)

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  4. I enjoyed this. I think you show the mixed blessings of having children around at the holiday time. They bring a lot of joy, but also take a lot of energy from one activity or demand to another; but then after they return to school sometimes it all seems TOO silent, even though it is in one way good to have one's 'peaceful' routine back.....until the weekend. LOL.

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    1. Definitely. Way too silent! Back to school is always a melancholy kind of peace..thank you for the feedback.

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  5. I can related he..he...When the house is quiet, we wonder what they are doing ~ Hope you had a lovely holiday break ~

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    1. Thank you...always an ominous sign when they are at home and things get too quiet :)

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  6. For sure. This resonated with me although I don't have kids. It's the same when any loved one is absent for any length of time ovefr just a few minutes.

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    1. I guess it is the same, but just a little harder with the kids because we start off with having them around 24/7 :)

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  7. Yes, they are back to school and I miss them.
    Nice lines. :)

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    1. Back to school is such a boring kind of peace. Thanks for being here.

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