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Those Five Minutes Of Peace

Updated on June 2, 2014
I stare at the walls...
I stare at the walls... | Source

Those Five Minutes Of Peace

I sit

I stare at the walls

I breathe

My mind is blank

Air swells into my lungs as I breathe

In, out, in, out

The warmth of the sun on my shoulders

The gentle breeze on the nape of my neck

The cool of the rivulets of water on the edge of a glass

The cool of the rivulets of water on the edge of a glass...
The cool of the rivulets of water on the edge of a glass... | Source

Nothing but the sounds of the birds outside my window

Or maybe the occasional plane

A helicopter, a garbage truck, a distant motorcycle

The sound of my breathing

The tip-tap gnawing of the mouse in its cage

The baby's soft snoring

A world of calm

A world at peace

Five minutes of silence

The children at school

The baby asleep at the breast

My tired eyes heavy from a lack of sleep

The warm sun and gentle breeze inviting me to sleep

The tick-tock, tick-tock of my wristwatch

Everything leading me to slumber

I drift

I dream

I savour the silence

My eyes heavy with the weight of motherhood

Then a slam of a car door, school bags thrown across the hallway

Those five minutes of peace, gone in an instant

The warm sun and gentle breeze inviting me to sleep...
The warm sun and gentle breeze inviting me to sleep... | Source

© 2014 Rebecca Hillary

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