Hibernation

I sleep through the storms, the alarms, the sirens.  I can’t seem to leave the night behind.

Mornings do not touch me. The grey dawn moves around my body, travels somewhere else, into other rooms, other lives.

I am not lost, but I have put myself on hold.  For the time being I follow the thread that has entangled me, in parallel to where the rest of the world awaits.

Darkness knocks at every door.  The wind shivers my bones.  I am bombarded.  Yet I stand resolute at the stilled center, suspended, withdrawn.

I sojourn.  I am filled to overflowing with abiding.

When I return, winter will have receded into a different story, one already told.  A new once upon a time will erase the cold, satisfy my hunger for warmth, birdsong, greenery, light.

Then I can open my eyes.

Then I can breathe.

Merril at dVerse has provided these words from Adrienne Rich for this week’s prosery: I am bombarded yet I stand.

37 thoughts on “Hibernation

  1. What a great take on the prompt! I like that during this hibernation, the character “stands resolute at the stilled center, suspended, withdrawn.” I think that’s where I’m at too. Nice little cubby and reading some poetry! 😊

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  2. Nice one Kerfe. The suspension is not something to lament since the hope of bird song is in there abiding

    Thanks for dropping by to read mine

    Much💛love

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  3. Dang. That’s so cool. Hibernation, or even one of those mornings when getting out of bed is not to be. I like how the hibernation is more than withdrawing, is an adventure; is still, yet active. “I sojourn. I am filled to overflowing with abiding.” Giving in but never giving up.

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  4. Wow–power plus pathos, anger plus withdrawal, excellent word-smithing and clarion message. I liked “the gray dawn moves around my body, travels somewhere else, into other rooms, other lives”.

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