Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Shutting Out The Pain

Rewind a few generations

And the main aim of people

Was survival

For themselves and their family

Food was probably their main expense

News travelled slowly

What was happening in other parts of the world

Well months could pass

Before people got to hear of it if at all

Now I feel

We are bombarded

With not only our own woes

But everyone else's as well

I don't think evolution has caught up

With our digital age

I can well understand

Why depression rates

Are through the roof

For anyone remotely empathetic

Being constantly surrounded

By the unpleasantness affecting others

The weight of the world

Surely does seem to rest on their shoulders

Electricity is ultimately what makes our brains function

And we are diverting our senses with radio signals

Wi-fi, TV, phones

It's exhausting

Our world is never quiet

The hum of the refrigerator

The boiler cutting in

Water circulating around pipes

I almost love having a power cut

The snackle of a fire

The howl of the wind

The songs of birds

The cry of a fox

The tinkling of a stream

None of these ever

Get on my nerves

I am someone

Who gets very statically charged

From artificial fibres

Especially in frosty weather

Have you ever noticed

That logs spark more

When it's frosty?

I do not know what the answer is

After all

We cannot turn back the clock

But maybe it is time

We started to

Tread a little lighter

Upon our planet

We all call home


We are attending the wedding of

A friends daughter at the weekend

And are beginning to wonder

Whether we'll be getting a little more of

The white stuff

Thank heavens for thermal undies!

Blessings J. x



  1. I really get where you are coming from. I long for peace but as you say our houses are never completely quiet. Outside has gone a little quieter now that next doors new dog has stopped yapping for the first time in four hours but Him Down The Road will be home from work shortly and he'll be tinkering with his car as usual with all the doors open and the most dreadful music thumping out of it.
    I think too all of the bad news we are constantly surrounded with desensitizes you to a certain extent. Teenagers stabbing each other no longer shocks me as it once did... it makes me damned angry....but it doesn't shock me.
    You just get to a point where you have to protect your sanity and I have reached that point.

    I hope we are not going to be getting more snow.

  2. I hear you Jackie. It can get a bit much at times, so it's important to take a break now and again. Thankfully, around here there are quite a few places where there is no phone or wifi signal. Grounding myself with nature works wonders for my wellbeing. That, and not watching the news just before I go to bed. X

  3. I agree with your post. As I get older the constant noise of modern life seems to be unstoppable. A long walk in wild space helps but you can still hear plans and traffic. I suppose it's the price we pay for all our lovely modern conveniences.

  4. I recently borrowed a book from the library called "Silence in the age of noise". It made some interesting points. Arilx


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