Thursday, October 25, 2007

What it Takes

It is night-
a welcome respite from frenetic, harried day-
although what constructs this agitation is unclear, its end is gratifying.
If I squint my hearing,
I can almost imagine the lull of the air-conditioner
to be a warm autumn rainfall,
hushing the ever-present thoughts that goad me on:
something is not quite right.
Still, and stillness is not easily obtained,
the night affords the luxury of solitude-
A deserved hiatus,
a whisper like cocoon that envelopes not only body but also mind,
and finally puts to rest the
noise of nocuous playing.
Something is not quite right...
be still,
be yielding,
bend twig,
bend.

9 comments:

Intlxpatr said...

It could be a product of the whole transitional process - it can manifest in some mighty weird ways. At the same time "Something is now quite right" is worth paying attention to, patiently, quietly, waiting for more information.

I listen to the cars rush by and hear the rushing of waves against the shore.

Intlxpatr said...

"not;" (not "now")

slartybartfarst said...

Has the something yet identified itself? Or is it as intlxpatr suggests, a mere discomfort brought about by a change in circumstances about which you are perhaps not rwally comfortable with?

slartybartfarst said...

I didn't proof-read that. Horrible

Carly said...

Hey both of yall...feels like you are old friends. :) Thanks for the thoughts, both. I think the 'something' could be the discomfit I have experienced due to such a radical change on all fronts. I am looking for that silver lining...I won't be dissuaded that easily, yet. :) Thanks again, intlpatr and slarty.

Stinni said...

Looking back, I had culture shock my first year in Kuwait. Granted, it was slightly different back then, but still.. I traveled from the time I was 4 months old, had the reputation of being like a chameleon and fitting in anywhere and yet I couldn't take such a big change.

I still suffered until I joined some clubs and met some people, made friends.

To be honest, I didn't start liking Kuwait until a few years after arriving here. And I still suffer BIG TIME with homesickness for the States, my family, my friends.

It gets easier with time.

Carly said...

Hey Stinni,
Thanks. We finally moved; although, we are still waiting for that phone line! I guess things like that just gall me. Why does it have to be so painful to just get the basics here?
Anyway, I'll keep my eyes open for any opportunities to meet folks. Any clubs or such you can suggest?

Stinni said...

I was a member of AWL (American Women's League) years and years ago but I think it has fizzled out recently. There was also a club for women who spoke Spanish called OLE-K. I have no idea if it's still around. I think the British Ladies Society has coffee mornings and Mum 'n Tots meetings on a weekly basis.

I haven't helped much, sorry. The Arab Times has a "What's On" section - that's a good start.

Also, chat some parents up at your children's school. That way, when you go out, your kids can play and so can you. :)

Carly said...

Thanks, Stinni. I heard that about AWL, too bad. I guess I am trying to remember how I did this all with a small baby. It has been a long time since I have had to navigate those waters!
Thanks for the info.