lovechild of the bale

time for the quiet
much said
much felt
too deep to fathom

Wandering into many rooms
Opening doors once shut
letting out the cold calculus of
loud yesterdays

Sweeping the floors of old
dirt of wasted time
and emotions
buried in the gathering hearth

Alone the womb is purged
a cry of courage in brave new lungs
Today the architecture of thought
not enough to mend dying flesh

Having released the flood of words
unexpected rode in
images charging the momentum
soaring on the tips of eagle wings
The ink a double sided reason
blotching the yellow brick road
a slick of untied shoes and buttons

Releasing mortal dreams
too tired to be a champion
no princess to be rescued
a valiant heart fighting the gray

Peace sounds in the distance
a steady pace will find
Silence the lesson in the
chapel of restoration
Lovechild of the sad bale
with no yarns in the wool of quiet
Quiet can be so very loud

© K S Hardy 2010

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The internal chatter sometimes can be rather rude or mean and nasty.

We can place words to form the outer construct of our inner world and hope that we are designing a new definition.

The quiet can be deafening and also the reflective instrument.

This prose is about stopping to review the ‘process’ to see what is working and what is not working to build the bridge back to us.

Bale has some interesting definitions
Bale out, to remove water that has entered
Bale, an archaic synonym for evil
Bale, a bale of rocks, which is a group of rocks

Feelings and words fall on to the page
Sometimes they bite back
Sometimes they tug on our sleeve
Sometimes they have a cheeky grin
They stay once a page has found them
Words are faithful to us even in the dark

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  • chitrali
    chitralialmost 5 years ago

    fight on valiant princess!….:)… beautiful imagery and so true – i’ve been living in that quiet for a while and it can sometimes, get very loud….but there’s hope as long peace sounds (not too far!) in the distance..:)..much peace and hugs in your quietude …:)..xx chitrali

  • It seems evident to me you so got the message of quiet can be loud and vice versa…
    Hoping that your Easter is what you ordered and you are enjoying what ever side of the quiet that may be! :O)) xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thank you Alan, appreciate your kind words :)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • lolowe
    lolowealmost 5 years ago

    There has been a poem stuck in my head for the past week and a half that I couldn’t quite get out…your words pulled them from the fog of my mind like a beacon. I can write it out now. And for that, I thank you with the deepest sincerity. Beautiful thought provoking words~

  • Ohhh boy do I know of the that syndrome " Poem stuck" …. how frustrating it can be and it seems to whirl about in our head and we jump up and catch at it as it whizzes by….
    Glad you stopped the twirl and got your pen happening… :O) x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    loving this peace….reads like a cleansing but feels like a slog….but with steady pace peace is not far away. I have read this a few times and there’s so many lines that i love that speak to me…..the rooms that are visited….dirt of wasted time….emotions buried…..all being revisited and opened up……restoration of oneself requires silence and focus, and that can get very noisy. Love this and your heart xoxo

  • You got the slog aspect spot on and the need to steady and keep the pace going…sometimes the noise or lack of actually helps this and then sometimes hinders..
    So we find the quiet corner and may be surprised that it is full of waiting visitors for us…
    Never a dull moment may be said about this!
    Thank you for being aware and real and ready to be part of the words….xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Obadiah-Qi
    Obadiah-Qialmost 5 years ago

    This might be my favorite piece you’ve ever written. At least for where I am and what I needed here and now it is.

    I mean WOW Karen!!!

  • Really? Your fav piece…this says so much to me for where you might be or have been…
    No off switch even in our sleep perhaps for those of us who walk a creative journey.
    So maybe our quiet will be a unique form of silent repartee…. xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

    I just read Lorna’s poem and then I came here and read this and said. … hummm I feel the hum of connection as I read your fine and full of knowing piece.
    You both are my prize heart reads of the day!!!
    I am with Steve. this is an amazing work full of your searching and finding and then letting go.
    Love you big time Ms. Karen Sue.. heart and mind fully engaged.. now,… sleep.lxoxx

  • I figure it is about being engaged to ourselves, we take a vow to try to bring out the best of who we are and we renew this vow on a regular basis… Sometimes we need to find a special kind of quiet to edit our vows as we grow in life.
    I bought myself a really lovely ring ( not particularly expensive ) and made it my engagement ring a long time ago.
    I had this moment of deciding that I wanted to be the first person in my life who wanted to be with me for the rest of my life and ask for my hand in marriage to me… It was an incredible catalyst in my life . Thank you for being part of my life reception… xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    I can feel this one in my heart and soul, KarenSue. Painful and yet, this inner dialogue has to be expressed at some point for the cleansing to be complete. Somehow, until it’s exposed to the light of day, it continues to peck away at our spirits, undermine our growth. This is the well from which we draw as writers or artists and it must be drawn and poured out so as not to poison the source. But as Cos has said, sometimes the silence of the noise is deafening! This is one of your most compelling and powerful pieces my friend – one to re-read a hundred times and to favorite each time! xox

  • Thank you Lianne….you have really understood the need for the quiet and what may lie within the quiet as well…And I so agree that it is also the well from which are muse dips their feet in….sometimes fully immersing as well.
    Thank you for such your wonderful insight and sharing them …xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    OH yes quiet can be so very loud,

    Darling this is a stunning, haunting ballad…sigh your words truly seep into my veins xoxo

  • Having a little stretch and a yawn and finding the quiet has been reflective even though at times it was very noisy….the internal chatter and all….xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Selkie
    Selkiealmost 5 years ago

    bloody hell that’s good, karen.

  • Thank you so much! Appreciate your comment on this x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • sable
    sablealmost 5 years ago

    I love my quiet, but only when all the screaming and reasoning and has left my head. Compelling write KarenSue, beautiful as always.

  • Hi there
    all kinds of weather in the quiet me thinks…..thanks for being here for some quiet with me. :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

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