Friday, March 6, 2020

Slice of Life #20 Challenge Day 6/31: House Spooks

Slice of Life #20 Challenge Day 6/31:
House Spooks

I had had a telephone conversation with a good friend. I had written a few lines of gratitude in my notebook. I had read my daily entry in Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening. After my long day, including three hours of parent teacher conferences following a full day of school, I was ready to retire. Turning off my nightside lamp, I situated my covers and practiced a few deep cleansing breaths. It was quiet. I closed my eyes, confident that tonight I would get a good night's sleep. Even as an adult, nightly routines are so important to me.

Not even one minute must have passed when I heard some odd sounds:


Startled, my eyes flung open. 

What is happening? 

Is someone or something trying to get into my house? 
What large bedroom object could I use for self-defense? 

My anxious mind spooled. 

Creeping over to my eastern window, I cautiously peered out from one slat of the plastic window blind. 

Branches whipped windows/
Tall evergreen bent, hunched now./
Corner street sign swayed.

It's just a windy night, I reassured myself. I can go to sleep.  

Breathing a sigh of relief, I returned to my bed, pulling my log cabin scrap quilt tight around my body. 

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  1. This totally happened to me last night! I thought someone...something was on my deck that sits just outside my bedroom wall! So many irrational things creep in even though I'm sure it was just the wind...

  2. I find that one of the benefits of having so many cats is that I just assume any weird noise I hear at night is cats! How do I love it. that you responded with a HAIKU! That is so very Trina!

  3. Windy weather can be scary. All the creaks and cracklings give me the creeps, especially silly when I’m alone.


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