08 July 2015

Night Sounds

An adult Pseudacris crucifer (spring peeper)

Night sounds are mother’s milk to the sleepless
who lay aside anxiety to wait
like a sapling with a peeper on it
softly welcoming its breathing and song.

How to fear when life signals All is well?
by going about its business and
not freezing under threat of intrusion
by something that stalks, ready to murder.

We, too, are known to the night and welcomed
on the branches of our homes and busy
places, environments that overwhelm
outdoor life, rhythm sections of the night.

To be welcome to outdoor life delights
and allows sappling dreams to replace frights.



Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chas




27 comments:

Vandana Sharma said...

a soothing lullaby of night...............

Mary said...

Susan, I like the idea that we TOO are known to the night & welcomed by it. Thus there is nothing to fear in those night sounds that abound. This is a comforting poem!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

To be welcome to outdoor life delights
and allows sappling dreams to replace frights.

These are such wise words Susan, loved the closing lines..and the wonderful message it conveys :D
Beautifully executed :D

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love your opening line, Susan. You bring a very natural rhythm to your sonnet form which is very pleasant to read.

Sumana Roy said...

I love the night's soft touch in the first stanza and feel "All is well" becoming a prayer song...I also like how peace nestles in the couplet...

Jae Rose said...

I love that last line...sometimes night is intimidating but i think that's when the darkness is within - not outside..sometimes when you are awake it is the most soothing and peaceful of times..just you and nature...and maybe a cup of tea to ease you back to sleep again

alan1704 said...

There is so much more to creation that is just there for us to connect into, great emotion in this.

Unknown said...

sappling dreams, what a great line, I enjoyed the flow of this

Purba chakraborty said...

You have brought out the beauty and serenity of night so beautifully. Sounds of night really work like a lullaby to sleepless people.

Gillena Cox said...

luv your opening metaphor

have a nice Wednesday; my Night poem is at
[http://myblog-verses.blogspot.com/2015/07/94.html]


much love

Gabriella said...

Susa, I hope I remember your words when I next have insomnia. I like the idea that we too are part of the night.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I especially love the first stanza which draws the reader in deeply........love that peeper on the sapling! Love the idea of us being known to the night and welcomed "on the branches of our homes".

aspiritofsimplicity said...

beautiful. It's comforting even though the subject can't sleep.

claireylove said...

There is a deep under current to this that I think is summed up by this brilliant line:
'We, too, are known to the night and welcomed'...
great work!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Beautiful write Susan! I love the opening stanza in particular--like Sherry said, it pulls you in--

Myrna R. said...

I like this Susan. We are indeed known to the night - a big part of life. Your poem makes insomnia a little more bearable.

Old Egg said...

There is a soothing feeling about the night you describe despite the dangers that clearly abound.

Panchali said...

Ah, night is so serene..glowing with the sheen of pearls in this. Awesome...the last two lines are so so good.😊 Thank you, Susan.

brudberg said...

I like this a lot.. what a wonderful way to see the night.. especially the connection to sounds is really good.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Susan,

I suppose intruding into the night life can be a measured experience for all of us, even tiny creatures..Everything appears settled and calm, in the stillness. However, as with the tiny peepers, predators lurk in the darkness too. Rather as per life itself..
Eileen

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Such a soothing opening line Susan - I shall remember these words when puzzled by night sounds as the house relaxes in its rest.
Anna :o]

Anonymous said...

..... sapling dreams - how lovely!

Anonymous said...

........ sapling dreams - how lovely!

Unknown said...

Yes, night's sounds are indeed that soothing...what a lyrical lullaby this is... beautiful... :-)

Gen Giggles said...

The sounds of life do drive away the fears when you know what it is you hear.

rallentanda said...

Night is magic or terror. All depends on ones perception and inner being.

Intelliblog said...

So much of what we experience of night depends on our mood, company (or not), environment and our past. Night can be our shelter or our pursuing fury... Well penned, Susan!