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13 April 2015

The House Is Quiet Because It Has To Be

Riffing off Wallace Stevens

The night is completely hushed.
House and street are still.
Is there moonlight? No, not tonight.
Quiet and darkness fold my house and me —
because this is my refuge;
it shelters me in its cloak of silence. This house
has just my old cat and me now
to stir it up, but we are not very loud. We can
be whatever we like here, and we choose soft.


Prompt 12 for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is to 'write a new poem or prose poem inspired by a line, title, verse or style of Wallace Stevens'. The title of this poem is a line from a Stevens poem called 'The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm'. The line was in past tense but I've changed it to present. The poem is another first word acrostic.

20 comments:

  1. I really like this, Rosemary.

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  2. Wonderful ways to use the words of Wallace... to live in solitude with a cat is such a nice thing...

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  3. We can
    be whatever we like here, and we choose soft.

    What a peaceful existence you have captured here. Lovely.

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  4. I so adore this, the quiet house as refuge, you and the car, "and we choose soft." Brilliant and perfect, Rosemary!

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  5. This was so beautiful...!! adored these lines:

    Quiet and darkness fold my house and me —
    because this is my refuge;

    This gives such a peaceful feeling... sort of makes me want to lie in the darkness and listen to the sounds coming out the window :D
    Have a great week ahead :)
    xoxo

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  6. Soft & quiet are good for me too ~ This is a different way of using acrostic, I like it ~

    Thanks for linking up with Real Toads & wishing you Happy Sunday ~

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  7. So beautiful... I actually read a line that you hadn't written because I was so into the poem (makes no sense at all, but trust me it's a good thing) - I added something to it that wasn't there because my mind was so much in what I was reading... Ah, well... Can't explain. Loved this, in any case!

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    1. I am so curious now! Won't you tell me the line and where it came for you?

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  8. oh another phrase acroustic, this is the secon one i have encountered among my fellow 'toads'; i am yet to try one; a delightful write

    thanks for dropping in today at my Sunday Lime

    much love...

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  9. One's house is a place of safety, a place for rest; there's a feeling of comfort in this poem. :)

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  10. and we choose soft.... I could be very happy in that place. Love this Rosemary. I see you are still having fun with this. : )

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  11. This is just lovely, Rosemary, a new favorite. k. (Manicddaily)

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  12. I like reading the 'word acrostic', Rosemary. Yours turned out nice. Our house has become a little quieter again because our street has been detoured around. We have a new patch of pavement in front and some more up at the corner.
    ..

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  13. "We can be whatever we like here, and we choose soft." A perfect choice. Such a lovely piece.

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  14. "we choose soft." a perfect attitude to life..sooooo love this form...i'll try it someday...

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  15. Sometimes soft is the best way to be--and the sense of refuge and place here is strong.

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  16. Great way to use the Stevens line. "We can be whatever we like here" -- love that.

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  17. Choosing soft imakes it a refuge to me.

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  18. And how wonderful it is to be able to choose soft! Enjoyed reading this.

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