Living alone I’ve become used to the patterns of nights where the wind in the trees shushes and the ocean roars in the distance.   The possums are a nuisance when they crash land on the roof after jumping out of the trees.   I don’t like their growling but then  I’d dislike it no less if there was someone to complain to about it.




32 thoughts on “Solitude

  1. All those night noises! I admit, I couldn’t be without tree sounds, bark of Muntjac deer, hoot of owls, or gentle pad of our cats on the bedroom floor. I don’t know about possums, Suzanne, crash landing on the roof or growling – do you feed them? I like the idea of finding your centre within your own solitude.


    1. No I don’t feed the possums. Their noises can be quite scary sometimes. The flat roof on this house attracts them I think. It’s their night time highway through the neighbourhood.
      I’m particularly aware of the noise of this neighbourhood right because it’s summer and the nights have been very hot. I have to leave all the windows open.
      I’m not always comfortable with the noise but find the only way to get by is to centre myself within it.

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    1. I’ve been alone for so long now I’m used to it but some houses do make that aloneness more intense. I’ve been in the place for 6 months now but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to those possums crashing around on the roof.

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      1. That’s very true! Maybe we need better people in our lives – ones who are forgiving of mess and have creative chats that are inspiring and energising. 🙂


    1. The possums can be quite heart stopping sometimes! I can’t think of any way of deterring them either. Acceptance is about all I can do. I am seriously thinking of moving on when my lease expires mid year though. 🙂

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      1. Maybe the possums led to the place being leased…(ie the owners couldn’t live with the disturbance either) I hope for your sake that they move on or change their habits in the next season.

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    1. Sometimes the sound of the sea is soothing. Sometimes it gets so loud it gets a bit intrusive. Living alone does take getting used to but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am used to doing my own thing.


  2. Oh, your haibun brought back a smile and memories of a quiet night punctuated by the crashing and growling of possums. I’d prefer that to people, though. Love the image and the haiku portion used together, perfect for the “center” message.

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