Another room I have known

Anse Baleine
The housing lady told me it wouldn’t do ─
far too small, not posh enough.
I mean, dear, it’s only a little flat.
But the first time I saw it
I was hooked.


I stood on the balcony outside,
peered across minimalist decor
to the Indian Ocean sparkling
through louvred windows opposite
Wide folding doors joined bed
and living rooms
into one great party space,
clean and bright with sparse furnishings –
beds, table, two wooden-armchairs,
concrete shelves pretending to be a fitted kitchen.



Flimsy print curtains with mason wasp nests clinging behind
couldn’t hide the theatre beyond ─
turquoise backdrop,
wings of casuarina trees,
coconut palms and  Calice du Pape.
Centre stage a tiny beach
with whale-shaped rock that gave the bay its name.
A foreground pawpaw tree brushed
the little balcony,
where giant spider webs,
dutifully mopped up pesky flies.

Oh yes, it would do.



Written for dVerse Open Link Night – not so much a poem, more a happy memory


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29 Responses to Another room I have known

  1. Viv! Such a vivid picture you paint.

    Don’t you have enough poems about your time there for a themed collection? I’d like to read that.

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  2. colonialist says:

    Never mind space – it’s place that counts!


  3. kanzensakura says:

    This sounds like a lovely place! I too would have said the place would do just fine. Anything for that view. Excellent poem and a great peep into you.

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  4. lillian says:

    oooh, you really lived here! 🙂 Any spot with a view of the sea would do for me too! 🙂 Lovely description — I’m right there with you. Isn’t that just the wonderful thing about words and writing poetry/stories/a journal? It can all come tumbling back 🙂

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  5. Anna says:

    Looks and sounds like heaven – it seems the flat was perfect for the setting and the lifestyle. You do an excellent job of capturing the allure and the psychological space available through simplicity and openness.

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  6. It looks to be a nice little pad Viv! Go for it. Nothing like having a great view!


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  7. Wonderful write, Viv. I can see the place so clearly.


  8. Sounds just perfect, except for the wasps. 🙂

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  9. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is absolutely lovely, Viv ❤


  10. Well, you’ve given me another glimpse into my friend, Viv. I like the minimalist feel of this where it’s the outside that holds all the riches.

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  11. Grace says:

    Trust your gut I say ~ If you love it, then go for it ~

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  12. Misky says:

    I know this feeling, Viv. Even though it’s a temporary home, you know it will always feel like a home. You feel it in your heart.

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  13. what a wonderful place… it sounds like a dream.. I would say it’s the view and a balcony that makes all the difference… it will do indeed.(I actually wanted to walk barefoot after reading your poem)


  14. katechiconi says:

    Oh Viv, despite being able to visualise very, very clearly the light, colour, sounds and smells, to almost feel the heat and hear the wind clatter in the palms and sigh in the casuarinas, I do wish there was a picture… Somehow when nature is so resplendent outside, you don’t need a lot of glamour inside, do you?

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