Dark Night–dVerse Quadrille

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Dark Night

Awake ,
I listen to the soughing
of breezes
in palms,
the hooting of
a distant owl.

Midnight blue seeps
into the room,
into the womb
of my loneliness.

I listen to silence,
to your absence,
into sleep
by the soughing
of wind.

You’re invited to join us at dVerse Poets where we are invited to write a quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words, using the word “Lull.”


24 thoughts on “Dark Night–dVerse Quadrille

  1. Such an elegy.mi can hear the owl and the sadness.


  2. Kate Mia says:

    Soughing Wind.. lonely
    trees of Winter
    snow so white
    soul so dark..
    liGht so BriGht
    slowly back..:)


  3. lynn__ says:

    Such a melancholy mood this invokes…your middle stanza sings a beautifully sad song!


  4. whimsygizmo says:

    What a gorgeous photo, and a lulling piece (peace) to match. Wonderful, Victoria.


  5. welshstream says:

    You capture so well an atmosphere full of ache .. midnight blue seeps into the room .. very evocative


  6. What a believable atmosphere you have created with this poem.


  7. a kind of calm sadness is felt here. So lovely!


  8. Misky says:

    This has a tidal movement to it that I really love. Nicely done.


  9. Sumana Roy says:

    love this breezy hand of ‘dark night’ lulling the speaker into restful slumber…


  10. The calm of this belies the loneliness aspect.


  11. Bodhirose says:

    The soughing wind and the owl add to the lonely feeling here. I didn’t know that word “soughing” either.


  12. ghostmmnc says:

    One of my favorite sounds is of the wind blowing, when all else is quiet. This reminds me of this so much! Wonderful!


  13. ShirleyB says:

    Beautiful. Not being lazy but just don’t know what else to say. Just beautiful.


  14. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Yes, kudos for sending us all on a word search. Your second stanza is killer, as noted by others. Interesting how many of us delivered strong dramatic messages, not jumping the limerick shark.

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  15. The silence of absence can lull oneself into a sleep of innocence. Very true Victoria!



  16. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Beautifully wistful.


  17. lillian says:

    “Midnight blue seeps
    into the room,
    into the womb
    of my loneliness.”
    Stunning words.
    “Soughing” is new to me also 🙂
    Listening to your loved one’s absence….I was almost put into this situation (my piece addresses this situation)….I cannot imagine the loneliness of lying without my loved one. You’ve described this emotion so very very poignantly.


  18. Grace says:

    Beautiful dark night with sloughing of wind & womb of loneliness ~ Lovely 44 word painting of the night Victoria ~


  19. Mary says:

    There is the loneliness and the absence, but still the idea of being lulled to sleep by the soughing of breezes sounds very peaceful to me.


  20. “the womb
    of my loneliness.” Such longing in that wind.


  21. Soughing – sounds like sighing which is so much in that tone, in the absence in your words.. Like you said – a whole story in 44 words. Beautiful


  22. Candy says:

    your owl adds a mournful sound to this – it’s worthy of reading over and over.


  23. Beautiful and sadly sweet. And I learned a new word: soughing. I always love learning a new word via a dVerse poem. Peace, Linda


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