The Great Valley

I need a moment to inhale
woods and fresh air from your skin;
the sun-soaked, eroded soil so soft;
the hide that hides firm mountains of muscle
which lift me into the arms of the valley;
my favourite seat,
where the sacred monolith resides,
waiting to be sheltered from the elements
by my nectar-sodden flesh.

Elaine Bento  Feb 14, 2018

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No Peace

No peace.
No peace!
No matter which room
No matter which house
No matter which neighbourhood
Even through my earplugs
Even through my headphones
Even in the woods!
Even by the river!
Even by the lake!
No peace!
Electric saws
Lawn mowers
Motorcycles
Trucks
Sirens
Aeroplanes
Helicopters
Highway
TVs
Radio
Dogs barking
Doors banging
Moms nagging
Smokers coughing
Children screaming
Telephones ringing
Amateurs singing
No peace!
I wish I knew
what true silence sounds like.
People are everywhere!
The noise is everywhere!
I can’t escape it!
I have
no peace.

 

Elaine Bento
August 7, 2017