Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: Sounds

silence settles

silence settles
fills cracks in evening darkness
ticking clock whispers

It’s my favorite time of day. Quiet and dark, nothing making a sound except the hum of our refrigerator, water gurgling through the radiator, my heartbeat echoing in my ears, and the calm, super-quiet tick of my now-ancient desktop clock. I bought it in Germany in the 1970s. It sits on our kitchen table, faithful and timely for nearly four decades.

Last night I was bemoaning (only slightly, mind you) my housebound captivity during our early winter cold spell. I’ve always enjoyed this time of day. I get to read a little, write a little, eat a little snack on behalf of my blood sugar, and often listen to evening hymns—singing along if I’m so inclined.

So last night I decided to write a haiku about my evening surroundings. Writing it was more than enough to calm and lift my spirits. If I can’t walk in the woods, I can wander through my house of memories. Surrounded by reminders of where I’ve been, how many amazing people and places I’ve known along the way, and the beauty of late evening silence.

Happy Monday!

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 8 January 2018
Photo found at

Monday Sabbath

I pull comfort clothes
Close around my chilled body

Fall steady on the roof
Wind gusts whip through trees

Tires beat damp paths
From somewhere to somewhere else

My heart beats tired
Ready for Monday Sabbath

Was it yesterday
I don’t recall for sure

Just in case
I’m not taking any chances

Is Sabbath Rest
My body already believes
And I follow

Yes, friends, in need of another day of rest. The best kind ever—rainy, damp, cool and windy. It didn’t take much to convince me….back tomorrow.


© Elouise Renich Fraser, 10 October 2017
Photo found at Pixabay

Daily Prompt: Believe

slow motion

outside my window air hangs heavy

yesterday’s rain now stale
drops in slow motion from the gutter
exposed trees stand breathless
caught in damp morning heat

I hear the rhythmic beat
of tires coming and going
on the road beside our house

August is the saddest month
weary of relentless summer
it languishes—
counting the days

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 3 August 2017
Response to WordPress Daily Prompt: Symphony

evening mutterings


evening mutterings

incessant murmurs of life

sound of pond at peace

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 18 January 2015
Photo credit:, duck pond in Hinkley, England


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