Disquiet Quiet

Can an empty trailhead be wonderful?
Solitude
Discomfort
Excitement
Comfort
Solitude
Alone
Silence
Peace
Solitude
An empty trailhead can be wonderful.


An unusual thing happened last night: My wife and I pulled into the parking lot at one of the trails we like to hike, and it was empty.

Not a car to be seen.  Empty.

As you can tell from reading the last paragraph or so, that doesn’t happen often. It was cool, but kind of strange.  Quiet and disquiet all at the same time.  

The hike was wonderful.  Quietly wonderful.


Thank you, Christie Wyman of Wondering and Wandering, for providing me with a link to help me understand this poem form that I’ve been seeing recently.  This is called a Skinny Poem, and–it must be said–I’m not exactly following the rules right out of the gate.  That’s okay.

As Christie did, though, I’d like to share info with my readers as well. The Skinny Poetry Journal’s “About” page can be found here.

17 thoughts on “Disquiet Quiet”

  1. The skinny really works for this moment – somehow the repetition of “solitude” anchors the mood. I love reading skinny poems but I have disliked virtually every one I’ve written. Hmm… your poem is inspiring me to try again!

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  2. I think this is a perfectly well-crafted Skinny; I haven’t written many and find them uniquely challenging. They do make one focus on the importance and power of each word. I particularly enjoy the paradoxes of quiet/disquiet and comfort/discomfort – I understand this. I’ve experienced this, simultaneously. What a gift to find the trailhead deserted, and all to yourselves!

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  3. You know, I read the first line, and the only thing that popped in my head was…YES! As for this form, I’m going to have to give it a go. It looks like an interesting challenge!

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