Poets United Midweek Motif: Silence

For Poets United Midweek Motif – Silence

Afterwards
The silence after the argument between us was devastating –
like the silence after an F-5 tornado –
trailers were coming to that last roll,
electrical wires were still buzzing and popping.
We sat on opposite sides of the fireplace –
burning its warmest friendliest best
but we were not to be lured into its trap.
We were imprisoned inside my house by the snow –
I wanted you gone and you wanted to be gone.
All civility between us was shattered.
I made myself a cup of hot chocolate –
with a bit of bourbon and offered you none.
The snow fell silently
and steadily outside.
I sipped from my mug.
At last the cats came out of hiding.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. magicalmysticalteacher
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 15:40:17

    This kind of silence I could do without!

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  2. X
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 15:44:32

    Oy. I hate that kind of silence. And you know you should probably apologize. And they should probably apologize but no one wants to give. Pride. Ugh.

    It was a cute touch to include the cats coming out of hiding. Ha. I wonder what they think of us at times.

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  3. Susan Chast
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 15:54:08

    Wow! That cup of chocolate hurts, it really hurts. Fine poem!

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  4. annell4
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 16:09:25

    Oh…I hate that silence after…sometimes there is no way back. Later, we wonder what was that all about? It was of so little importance, yet, I knew I could have killed you and you could have killed me.

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  5. Sherry Marr
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 17:36:43

    I can feel that prickly silence……….and love that the cats finally came out from under the furniture……..

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  6. Sherry Marr
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 17:36:59

    p.s. and now I want some hot chocolate!

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  7. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 17:42:16

    Ouch. Don’t need that kind of silence. Hopefully the cat eased tensions a bit. Our dogs seem to know when we are a bit at odds and do something to break the ice–which always melts quickly anyway. The problem with that kind of silence is the noise that is going on inside.

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  8. Marja
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 20:39:48

    That was loud silence the one I know too I love your last line ” At last the cats came out of hiding which speaks volumes

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  9. thotpurge
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 20:40:34

    That ovaltine with bourbon sounds perfect for that terrible situation!

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  10. oldegg
    Nov 08, 2017 @ 23:20:30

    It appears that there was no doubt that the two should part, made more urgent by the weather preventing that from happening. Better a break like this which appears to be final than a long drawn out separation where so much time and effort would be wasted.

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  11. angieinspired
    Nov 09, 2017 @ 00:23:17

    civility shattered. even with a warm mug in front of a toasty fire. ah, what a shame.

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  12. Sumana Roy
    Nov 09, 2017 @ 00:36:12

    You did a good thing by having that hot chocolate, & ignoring the other one, if it was the final parting. Must say that the cat had a good sense of time. lol!!

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  13. Khaya Ronkainen
    Nov 09, 2017 @ 00:39:12

    Awkward silence usually feel like a lifetime. What a pity that even when the weather could not produce some kind of civility between the two characters!

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  14. John Buchanan
    Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:56:39

    Wow, you paint the picture so well, superb.

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  15. hypercryptical
    Nov 10, 2017 @ 14:12:59

    Oh those awful silences that make your chest wall ache as you seethe with anger, and nothing seems forgivable.
    Clever cats waiting until the time was right.
    Anna :o]

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  16. MNL
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 13:14:20

    wow, pretty strong. good writing!

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