It's fine in the daytime, there are children
on the grass, noisy buses going past,
the incessant birds, faraway workmen.
The dark palm wood beams sloping upwards cast
shadows familiar for months. But when
darkness falls, the lights come on, traffic thins,
I heat a meal for one - rice or ramen,
bread and soup. You're away, you won't be in
so I eat at the frantic screens, the phone
and TV turned to their loudest volume
to mimic company while I'm alone.
A fake calm puddled in the empty room.
That is when the walls snarl, concrete and chrome
bare their fangs. This no longer feels like home.
I am travelling, off to a place that does feel like home no matter who or what is in it. :) I'll be moving around visiting family so I'll catch up with you as and when I can. The WEP Challenge is on this month and I'm the cohost for Dec so of course I'll be present there through the month.
Wishing you happy holidays, peace, good health and happiness throughout the coming year. A very merry Christmas to all those who are celebrating and a happy, healthful and tranquil New Year 2023 to you.