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Published: 29th July 2021

Image by Open-Clipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Clock Sound Effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com

This poem was placed 2nd in Line Gauthier's "Bitesize Poem No. 15" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Brian Strand's "A STRAND (1045)" Poetry Contest.


Listen to poem:
above the metronomic constant dripping of a tap and the deep and heavy ticking of an old grandfather clock sounds seeped through a window where the night air found a gap: a cough! - then silence. ..then a key inside a lock.

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Date: 4/6/2022 5:00:00 AM
You managed to charge the atmosphere with just a few lines. Smooth tempo. Regards David in NZ
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/7/2022 3:42:00 AM
Thanks for the great comment David. Appreciated. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/4/2022 11:36:00 AM
Congratulations on your win with your "Night Air" write. Have a blessed day and New Year...............
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Date: 1/4/2022 12:33:00 PM
Thank you Paula! :) All the best to you too. Cheers - Gary
Date: 10/10/2021 5:23:00 PM
Dear Gary, your wonderful poem is intriguing from the enticing title to the last riveting line! Less is more for sure! Congratulations for your excellent win in in Line's contest. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 10/11/2021 12:49:00 AM
Thank you Susan for your lovely comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/11/2021 2:17:00 PM
Interesting last lines! I read your comments about pursuing or keeping it as is. I vote for keeping. It adds suspense to the comforting words. :o
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Date: 8/12/2021 12:47:00 AM
Hi Ann. Thanks for reading. I'm inclined to agree and am leaving it as it is. Less is more. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/5/2021 7:17:00 PM
Calming sounds and words - and then the frisson of the final line. Striking effect conveyed in few words.Well done, Gary.
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Date: 8/6/2021 1:38:00 AM
Hi Geoffrey! I'm in two minds whether to write another part to this or just leave it as it is. I'm leaning towards the latter. Whatever I decide, thanks so much for your continued support by way of your comments. Much appreciated. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/5/2021 7:16:00 PM
Calming sounds and words - and then the frisson of the final line. Striking effect conveyed in few words.Well done, Gary.
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Date: 8/5/2021 2:19:00 PM
Strange Gary what appears or seems noise to country folk is cathartic to city folk and induces sleep And so to the reverse likewise applies to city folk as noise is what induces sleep in country folk Each to own depends on the surroundings you are accustomed to My Nana used to have a mantle piece clock that seemed to break the sound barrier at night
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/6/2021 1:34:00 AM
Hi Christopher. Funny you should mention the clock at your nan's. This clock and this dripping tap is based on the sounds I remember hearing as a kid when staying with my nan. :) Cheers and thanks - Gary
Date: 8/5/2021 1:25:00 PM
Sounds can give such reassurance most of the time. You have taken your talent to a new level with this one Gary. If poetry equated to an Olympic sport I think it would be pole vaulting. Regards David.
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Date: 8/6/2021 1:31:00 AM
Thank you David :) The bar is set very high here at Poetry Soup with all the excellent poetry so that is praise indeed. Much appreciated. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/2/2021 1:33:00 PM
Ohhh Gary, I can see and hear all your night sounds. Love the sound effects - makes the poem work on another level! Congratulations on your win! ATB
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Date: 8/2/2021 2:17:00 PM
Thanks Sam. The win came as a nice surprise. I did see your Summer Gems there though so congrats and AT Best to you too! :)
Date: 8/1/2021 11:10:00 PM
Very nice, Gary, love the sound effects too, congratulations on your win:)
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Date: 8/1/2021 11:23:00 PM
Thanks Jo. I wasn't sure if the sound would detract but I eventually convinced myself it complimented the words. I'm glad you like both poem and sound. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/1/2021 11:12:00 AM
Congratulations. Nicely done.
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Date: 8/1/2021 12:16:00 PM
Thank you Marilene. It was a nice surprise to be placed in Line's contest. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/1/2021 6:33:00 AM
Beautiful Bite. Congratulations on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/1/2021 7:15:00 AM
Thank you Christuraj!
Date: 7/30/2021 7:34:00 PM
Wow this takes the mind on a journey, the imagination is on busy street. Love it.
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Date: 7/30/2021 11:46:00 PM
Thank you Harry. Praise indeed. I appreciate your comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/29/2021 11:53:00 AM
Quite a forboding write Gary, like a scene from a mystery and suspense film. Tom
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/29/2021 12:30:00 PM
Thanks Tom..yes..I thought I'd have a go at writing something a little different. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/29/2021 8:23:00 AM
So...where do I go from here? Gary. I thought burglar, but a burglar wouldn't have a key! Someone's inside; someone's at the door. Hmmmm.....So, you did this on purpose, didn't you!
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Date: 7/29/2021 9:06:00 AM
Hi Milt! Yes, I left it open to the reader's imagination. Sometimes, with my poems, less is more. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/29/2021 7:34:00 AM
So now I’m gonna spend the day wondering if I’m hiding behind the sofa or sitting by the door wagging my tail and looking forward to my Woofy mix. And just as I think I’ve sussed it, I think aha, someone’s coming home to an empty house. So you’ve got at least one of us pondering...And I bet that just what you intended. Terry
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/29/2021 7:37:00 AM
In one Mister Flood. :)