Rory Hudson

Adelaide, Australia
Rory Hudson
Adelaide, Australia

A Room Without A View

Rating: 4.3
Waking up at midnight
in a room without a view,
taking up a book, you find
no pages to look through.

You bang upon the bleak grey walls
that bound your tiny room,
but Echo is the only friend
that answers through the gloom.

“How did it ever come to this? ”
you ask yourself in pain -
but cannot even hear your voice
for endless driving rain.

You yourself built this heartless space
from mortar and hard bricks
to guard against a cruel world,
to kick against the pricks.

Now, in this bed you’ve made, you lie
as evermore you must,
until your life shall pass away
and crumble into dust.

Too late you find that this our world
can never be shut out
except by sentencing your soul
to dark eternal drought.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Howard Savage 20 January 2016
a room without a view will cause you to wake up without a clue. Great poem.
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Rajnish Manga 25 October 2015
Deep contemplative thoughts translated into a wonderful piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing the philosophy of life: You yourself built this heartless space / to guard against a cruel world,
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Rory Hudson 26 October 2015
I appreciate your generous comment, Rajnish!
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Jasbir Chatterjee 25 October 2015
congrats on having this poem as poem of the day. It sure deserves to be one. Thanks for sharing.
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Rory Hudson 26 October 2015
Very kind of you, Jasbir - thanks!
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Anil Kumar Panda 25 October 2015
Beautifully composed poem. Liked it.
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Rory Hudson 25 October 2015
Nice to hear from you, Tiku!
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Souren Mondal 25 October 2015
A very well penned poem about how life sometimes becomes so bleak and troublesome.. The title too is really apt for such wonderful lines.. A well conceived poem that captures the existential angst of the speaker in a very chilling yet calm manner... A great read..
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Rory Hudson 25 October 2015
Much appreciated, Souren - thanks!
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Ratnakar Mandlik 25 October 2015
Fantastic poem giving the eternal truth, Too late you find out that this our world can not be shut out Except by sentencing your soul To dark eternal drought. Very nicely penned verse. Thanks for sharing.10+++
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Rory Hudson 25 October 2015
Thanks very much for commenting on my poem!
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The Reader 07 May 2014
A witty title with a twist that made me recall Forster's work, A Room with a View...sentencing one's soul is not everyone's art...this is dark one may be the experience of life carries the general complexion like this...the flow, the rhyme and the rhythm is making it a wonderful read aloud experience...!
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Sally Carter 07 June 2009
What a powerful message you send - and how true unless we remain vigilant. Thank you Rory for helping to keep me awake.
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Susan Jarvis 30 April 2009
Rhythm, rhyme and a poignant message - a great poem, from its literary title to its very last line. S :)
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Estrella Baldemosa 24 April 2009
This is really a very good poem...
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