All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love
No hand to left or right,
And emptiness above-
Know that you are not alone
The whole world shares your tears
Some for two nights or one
And some for all their years.
I couldn’t sleep last night. Almost didn’t want to. I finished the
My relationship with my bedroom has changed dramatically in the past few weeks. Perhaps the world seems a teeny bit scarier than it used to. Perhaps January was just too cold to endure the loneliness of my living room after the watershed. I don’t know. I only know that it is only my creamy red room that cossets me in this house right now. That retreating to bed and drowning in blankets and books is what has seen me through a strange month.
It has long been in my nature to be gentle with my emotions. To smother pain with self kindness and do that which I see fit to chase away the blues. And the mice in the living room. And the stalker on the phone. To chase away the blues and to wrap my heart up in cotton wool. A heart still bruised. But beating all the same. Still bruised, still waiting.
And so I create rituals that sustain me. New tiny, very personal rituals that see me through a world I’m just becoming accustomed to. The
But it strikes me that when, for whatever reason, we fall in love with a room, we smother it in scrumptiousness, to the detriment of the rest of the house. Other rooms seem cold in it’s
Until, thank God, our ludicrous infatuation with a room, just a room Sweetheart, passes and we let the natural order of life in the rest of the house resume.
Patience I think, is the key. This too will pass. This too will pass. Winter will gently stumble into Spring. Light nights will be upon us and we will once again shed the layers of blubber and wool that keep us confined to spaces in which we feel safe.
I couldn’t sleep last night you see. After twenty eight days of burying myself in blankets, and too many quilts, and replacing the body missing to my left with a row of pillows, my skin started to itch. I took off the nightie strangling me, and felt on my legs, the tiny bumps of a fierce heat rash. I was hot.
For the first time in ages I was hot.