Wednesday, June 3, 2009

City Life...

Ah, the sounds of Summer. I awoke to the rattling of a jackhammer this morning. It is a most ungodly sound at any time of the day, but particularly at 7:00 a.m. when my dreams aren't yet complete and my body still aches from the previous day's activities. Sometimes, I want to run screaming from the city. I want to flee to trees and water and nights so dark and still that even the stars seem to whisper.

It is only the beginning of June and I already find myself longing for the quiet of Winter. Sigh.

tall penguin

4 comments:

Umlud said...

I'm sorry to hear about the stress of city living. When I lived in Denver, I was right next to a train depot; I got so used to the sound of trains and train horns that I would be able to sleep soundly through them. (Though I can't really comment on the quality of that sleep.) Also, when I lived in Taipei, I would always hear the sounds of the city - building construction, traffic, emergency vehicles, street vendors, etc. (Of course, with its relatively mild winters, these sounds didn't really die down during the year.)

Now I live in a forest just outside the city proper of Ann Arbor. I fall asleep to the singing of frogs and toads in the pond and awake to the singing of birds in the trees. (Of course, a "rana" chorus can be quite deafening, too...)

tall penguin said...

I'm not sure I want to get used to the noise of the city. And I would take the chorus of birds and frogs to the cacophony of heavy machinery any day.

But I did spend some time meditating this afternoon and found some quiet within. To misquote Camus: 'In the depths of summer I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible winter.'

WisdomOfWoof said...

Music via headphones always gets me through a nerve-pinching crisis. May I suggest something by Brahms? You could lie on your back in bed, headphones comfortably in place, dark eye mask and your favourite incense circling your head. Maybe a pillow under your knees for back support. Calgon, take me away!

Umlud said...

This is what I "suffer" at night when trying to get to sleep:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTEcrlK4FPs