Retreat

I love being in your study, where I hate to move, lest I upset anything, as on an autumnal day, I never want to tread upon a fallen leaf, or change the play of light on branches of yellow and red. The chocolate-brown valet belongs right there against moon-white walls; your chair hasn’t been used, because I like the scuffed impression you left behind. From your wooden desk, covered with my childhood embellishments in crayon and paint, I pick up your old wrist-watch, and wear it on my upper arm. I glance at your favourite couch by the long window, on which the sun slants across a novel open upside-down. A low shelf lined with books, spilling over with unwrapped journals, grandfather’s black abacus, and your turn-table of youth are all as they were. Now and then I steep in your music from the skies where, with limbs hanging, I sink into your country, a deep-green lush of cushions and bean-bags. Like a baby in a basket of grass I look up at the ceiling, blank and peaceful, and listen to Simon and Garfunkel walk the narrow streets of cobble-stone, and disturb the sound of silence.

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    1. Thanks, Nico, for taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

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  1. It’s good to have you back, Vera ❤️Your writing is sad and beautiful. I don’t know why, but it reminds me of the ending of Stoner, a novel by John Williams which I finished a few days ago.

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    1. Wow, nice comparison to Stoner! I just recently read that, too. Enjoyed it very much: https://norberthaupt.com/2019/02/13/book-review-stoner-by-john-williams/

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      1. Stoner is an outstanding novel, deep and moving. I’ll read your article and get back to you. Have a lovely Sunday!

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  2. Hi again Vera, I made a comment on the post with the intention to express my appreciation of your brilliant and poetic writing, which reminds me of one of the novels that made a deep impression, Stoner by Williams. But when I recalled what I said, I realised that the comment might be misinterpreted. Please feel free to remove it if you find it inappropriate. It’s completely fine. Best, Isabelle

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    1. No, Isabelle, I don’t see how your comment could be misinterpreted. In fact, I take it as an undeserving compliment that it should remind you of the wonderful novel I’ve heard so much about. Thank you so much. It really means a lot to me. ❤

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      1. Your writing is brilliant, it has always been. Yes Stoner is an exceptional novel, moving and deep, heartbreaking at times. The mood and scene your created in Retreat reminded me of that depicted by Williams, the ending. So sad, so beautiful. Much love ❤️

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      2. Vera, you’ll enjoy Stoner. You should read it.

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        1. I will, dear friend, and I know a recommendation from you will not disappoint .

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  3. Lovely Vera… the study you described is kind of my dream place… Impactful visuals…:-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Sundaram. Good to hear from you. Hope you are keeping well.

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      1. Yes Vera. Equally delighted to connect. I’m good. Hope the same for you…

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  4. Thank you for letting us experience your world of unconditional, unending love. Such a calming place. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much, CS. Really appreciate the time you have taken to leave a response.

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  5. Touchingly private, Vera.

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    1. 🙂 thanks, Mitch.

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  6. Wow, Vera. Soooooo sweet and full. Thank You for taking us there. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. 🙂thanks so much, Katy!

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      1. My pleasure, Vera!!! 🤗❤️😊

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