Empty #StreamofConsciousnessSaturday


In the dark spaces around the edge of consciousness, I ache for you.  A phrase that I wrote twenty or more years ago, for a long forgotten heartbreak, which drifted back into my mind when I sat down to write this post. The dark spaces. My mind is a cluttered office where the phone never stops ringing, an ever growing to-do list for all the different projects I’m working on, emails to send, meetings to arrange, deadlines to meet and on top of that trying to buy a house and be a mum and keep in touch with loved ones… inside my head right now is a noisy, busy, full on place to be. But then there’s the dark space round the edge. Those bits of your mind, like empty rooms in the attic, where left over memories and emotions are stored in a box in the corner, out of sight, to linger quietly in the dark. And at the beginning and end of every day, when the lights are switched off and the mental office has fallen silent, those empty forgotten rooms, where memories lurk among the dust, press hard on my consciousness. Calling me. I wander those rooms, leaving footprints in the dust. Tentative. Afraid of what I’ll find. Feelings and thoughts and ideas put to one side years ago, but never quite abandoned. I wonder how they would look if I dusted them off, and brought them downstairs into the light?

Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill. This week’s prompt was Empty/hollow. If you’d like to take part the rules, borrowed from Linda’s site, are as follows:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

#SoCS #StreamofConsciousness

One thought on “Empty #StreamofConsciousnessSaturday

  1. Nice post and touches on how minds can cling to baggage that we should discard, but somehow cling to. I strongly suggest some dusting off and fixing up lights in the dark places. I just read an SoCS post by someone who has done just that!

    Now what’s that phrase…. ah yes, do as I say, not as I do! 🤔


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