Solitude

Solitude

After an office day at work:

the Team meeting;

telephone ringing;

reports writing;

and traffic slowed to a crawl

by temporary traffic lights;

I go for a walk.

I discover an evening of blue sky thinking

splashed with cotton white clouds

laced with dusky undertones.

Sparkling colours and darker shadows;

Bright green pastures amid golden brown tresses.

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My elongated shadow pulls me upwards

acting the comic

and mimic

ahead of me.

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The glowing orb of the late August sun

is close to the horizon on the opposite hill.

I lift my face to catch the last warmth of its rays.

A dog yowls;

a responding bark;

Is that the clip clop of horses’s hooves?

Beyond, in the valley the drone of distant traffic

and a train siren sounds.

Voices

carried in the still air

above me;

People out of sight

At the foot of Stoodley Pike.

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A soft breath caresses my upturned chin

Light twittering

As swallows flit and dart in zigzags around me

And I snatch the moment

Of refreshment

And communion

In solitude.

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It is over;

as I stride along London Road;

a narrow bridle path over the moors;

Claimed to be a major highway in the faraway past;

250 miles from our capital city.

Do all roads lead to London?

Now I bob among the tussocks

where rutted mud and water blocks my way.

My mobile jangles in my pocket

and I hurtle down the loose gravel lane

The aroma of curry from the house on the corner.

my stomach is rumbling;

I head home to make tea.

Julia Coughlan (August 2014)

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About Gentle Breeze

Julia is married to Kevin. They live together in Todmorden with their black and white cat Willow. Todmorden is a small rural town nestling among the Pennine hills in the Upper Calder Valley, on the border of West Yorkshire and Lancashire. Julia is a mixture of contradictions. She happily shares her email address with her husband; yet when she married she kept her own surname.
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9 Responses to Solitude

  1. beingeternal says:

    Searching for a good read, I came across your beautiful blog. I found your works beautiful and I would like to nominate you for “One Lovely Blog Award”. Please find the link here- http://stringsofsoulfulness.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/morning-surprise-one-lovely-blog-award/

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  3. Julia thank you for stopping by my blog I will look forward to reading more from you this post is beautiful and I love your blog title too.

    • Thank you for stopping by here. I am glad you like the post and the title. I have been stuck for a little while in writing. I am full of ideas, just not getting them down. It really helps to have positive comments.Thank you.
      I didn’t say this on your post; I loved the colours in your picture of the parrot.
      All the best,
      Julia

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    • Hi, thanks for the information. I looked it up. I enjoy the craft of writing and so I probably will stick to my old-fashioned method of writing it manually. I don’t mind if it is not as good as the spun method. it is the act of creating i enjoy. What I thought it might be useful for is to translate what I’ve written into another language. But then how do I know that it has translated it accurately? Too scary for me! All the best, Julia

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