20% off sitewide. Don’t keep your cart waiting. Use SCREAM20

October Fog

you can either wake up forcibly,
or with the world tugging at your eyelids
easing you out of bed, saying
I want to show you something
no, it can’t wait
hush, my love,
being awake is a great gift

I let the world have its way
and the dawn dresses me
in patterns of shade
and pale light.

I let the morning coldness
creep against my skin
and with it comes silence
the silence of the calm after a storm
the sound of everything sleeping,
peacefully exhausted, and me
wide awake.

I soak it up, imagine my brain, my skin
as a sponge, and I become what I absorb
which is silence – I am very, very silent
even my thoughts are mute
and I climb the stairs in quiet leaps
and I don’t breathe till I’m in the kitchen
holding a chalk-stained kettle, and
running water from a broken tap
I pick up a mug, milk, sugar
and a crack of lightning tells me
the world is waking up.

I kiss my cup and sip the tea I know is perfect,
because I know every step of every moment it took
to make it. I embrace it with sleepy fingers
stare out windows at my own reflection and what’s beyond it,
and I try to imagine a world where
an exhausted October morning, wrapped in a cloudy blanket
with a new storm gathering isn’t absolutely magical

and finding it impossible.

October Fog

Kirstine Dieckmann

Skørping, Denmark

  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 9

Artist's Description

Here’s a musical companion.

Perhaps you are familiar with the London Fog.
The October Fog is only slightly different.

- earl grey tea
- a dash of milk
- two spoons of sugar (and a spoon-tip more, just to be sure)
- an early morning
- perfect silence

Artwork Comments

  • MoonlightLover
  • Kirstine Dieckmann
  • devotee1
  • Kirstine Dieckmann
  • Mark Ramstead
  • Kirstine Dieckmann
  • Misunderstood24
  • Thea T
  • Kirstine Dieckmann
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.