poetry and prose about place

sounds in my space

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How would you describe the space where you spend most of your time?  Is it cold or warm?  Spacious or cramped? Colorful or monochromatic?


What does your space sound like?  Is it noisy or quiet?  Do you play music in the background, or do you prefer the white noise of everyday life?


In my home, where I spend most of my time, the sounds are so familiar, I hardly hear them anymore.  As I sit here, if I listen carefully, I can hear:

  • the ticking of the clock
  • the hum of the computer
  • the purring of the refrigerator
  • a car passing by on the road outside
  • chickadees at the feeder just beyond the window
  • the rumble of the well water pump in the basement
  • two branches in our big maple, rubbing together in the slightest wind
  • the creaking of floor boards – the house is almost 35 years old and the living room floorboards squeak
  • our cat Zoë, galloping from room to room upstairs – how can 7 pounds of cat sound like a herd of elephants?
  • the sound of our string of livestock bells, a remnant of Christmas not yet put away, as someone opens the outside door


What sounds do you hear, in the space where you are?



Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

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  1. I almost always have some white noise going on in the background, usually either a fan or a heater. It drowns out other sounds that I don’t want to hear like the house creaking or outside intrusions. I also like to have the radio playing softly, though occasionally, I just want to hear silence.
    I love the livestock bells!

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    January 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

    • Hi Rebecca. Thanks. I hang them every year … They make the coming and going more memorable. From years of working in an office, I can tune out background noise easily and I like some background as I work. Jane


      jane tims

      January 14, 2015 at 11:35 am

  2. What a great post! I don’t think of the sounds around me but after reading this, I will pay closer attention and hear them, really hear them. Thank you.

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    Carol Steel

    January 14, 2015 at 9:16 am

    • Hi Carol. To write my poems, I try to remember to include sounds, tastes and smells, but visual images are so strong, it is easy to forget the others. Jane


      jane tims

      January 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

  3. Sounds do become so familiar that they just blend in. I have moved residences several times and the new sounds can be noticed immediately.
    Twenty years ago we moved from the noises of the city to the outskirts of a small town. The lack of noise was very noisy. LOL But I got used to it very quickly. 🙂
    I am writing this in the wee hours of the morning and listening to the furnace purr as it tries to warm me up. 🙂

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    January 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    • Interesting! I see how urban/rural spaces sound quite different! Our house also changes its soundscape depending on who is at home. Some like to have the TV in the background. Some love to chatter, others are quiet. Jane


      jane tims

      January 14, 2015 at 7:57 am

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