Scribblings by Sarah

Night Sounds

Night time.
I lie and wait for sleep to come.

I try to calm my busy mind.
– but sounds distract me.

A scratching against the window
– hedges wrestling with the breeze.

Tick tick tick
– clock on the wall.

A distant, constant, low hum
– stream of traffic on the freeway.

A faint tooting blast
– overnight passenger train from Melbourne.

An occasional car rumbling past our house
– soon followed by a door slamming.

My phone pings an alert
– to attend or ignore? (Attend usually wins out)

Further stimulating my mind
– covers rustle as I struggle to find a comfortable position.

Dogs give a warning growl
– if I disturb them in the process.

I sigh with frustration as the hours pass by
– my elusive rest accentuated by my husband’s gentle snoring.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt and Image Credit: Daily Post Daily Prompt – warning; and also, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Sunday Writing Prompt #218, September 3 – Night Sounds

6 thoughts on “Night Sounds”

  1. A scratching against the window
    – hedges wrestling with the breeze.

    wonderful description – hedges wrestling – oh, that’s a tickler 🙂

    Thanks for playing the Sunday Writing Prompt Sarah 🙂

    I like how you’ve brought this piece to the table, as it were. It’s flowing and yet clipped, as if the mind is ticking off the subtle and not so quiet items that can suddenly take on amplified magnification, over-riding mind chatter – it’s like lying there, counting off the annoyances and wishing for sleep, but it just needs to roll itself out.

    Great job and I hope you have a wonderful end to the weekend and great start to your week 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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