poetry and prose about place

star gazing comfort

with 8 comments

Usually in mid-August, we go out for an evening or two to get a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower.  This annual meteor shower is the result of the Earth’s passage through the Perseid cloud, debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle.  This year I sat at the end of our driveway on the evening predicted to be the peak of the shower and saw one bright and very sparkly meteor streaking from overhead toward the south-east.


I have waited a while to do this post because I wanted to take a particular photo.  Last week, I finally saw the item I wanted, an old couch put out on the lawn.  I wrote the poem below in mid-August several years ago, after I saw a group of students sitting on just such a couch, presumably waiting to see the meteor shower.



abandoned sofa on a lawn



sofa on the lawn


seemed a fine idea

comfy spot to watch

the Perseids do

their August light show


clouded over

we ran indoors


the sofa became

a sponge to sop the rain

a field mouse free-for-all

dog-eared page

from a promising read

worse smell than fleece soaked

in skunky ale


epic fail



'a comet'

May 4, 2012 ‘a comet’ Jane Tims


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims 

Written by jane tims

September 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

8 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. The poem is wonderful. I agree with Robin that I can almost smell that sofa. 🙂



    September 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  2. Love the poem, Jane, and the fact that you waited patiently to take just the right photo before posting it. Epic fail that sofa outside in the rain may have been – not so your depiction. Thanks.



    September 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    • Hi Fran. Thanks! I love some of the ‘modern’ expressions – ‘epic fail’ can’t be beat! Jane


      jane tims

      September 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  3. Very descriptive poem. I can almost smell that sofa. 🙂



    September 20, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • Hi Robin – Oh yes, and would you even consider sitting on it??? Jane


      jane tims

      September 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  4. I loved this poem when I first heard you read it…love it still.


    Carol Steel

    September 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

I'd love to hear what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: