The low and quiet hum of it


There’s an aria here, too,
and ballad moments. Nights filled
with long slow love songs. Days
drumming our hands against the
furniture to the beat of our kids’
hearts, the rock album noisy
rhythm of it all. There’s the clack
on black of fingered keys, the tease
of playful bark and mumbled
meow. But mostly

it’s the humming how
and the whispered why
and the will and the while
of it, the spill and the smile
of it and the drip of the coffee
and the way your hand fits in
mine. The low whine of the
fridge and the murmur of the
clock that says we are for
each other, and that this is home.


What does love sound like for you? Come play over at dVerse, as Walt prompts us to listen to love. 

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20 Responses to The low and quiet hum of it

  1. kanzensakura says:

    I love this! True romance and love – hooray!!!!

  2. SMiLes.. the sound
    of refrigerator Love..
    and so nice to heRE..
    heARts breathE noW
    As family’s children do too..
    lest electronic deVices child
    are heaRd over heArts child..
    Now mY

  3. Grace says:

    I love the aria of the slow love song De~ Keep on making that beautiful music!

  4. kim881 says:

    I love the music of the first stanxa and the way the second stanza builds up from ‘humming how’ and ‘whispered why’, gaining tempo and rhythm through to the caesura and then it slows right down into the comfortable noises of home. Wonderful, De!

  5. it’s the humming how
    and the whispered why
    and the will and the while
    of it, the spill and the smile
    of it and the drip of the coffee
    and the way your hand fits in

    Beautiful lines, De ❤️

  6. Candy says:

    “the humming how and whispered why”- oh yes indeed

  7. rosemawrites says:

    love, love, love the alliteration and the beat! this poem is oozing with love!

  8. I so love how you brought it together… from the moment of passion, to the slow hum of a home… a perfect love poem.

  9. maria says:

    Splendid poem packed with beautiful words. I love how the images flow in mind with your every words. ❤

  10. Kathy Reed says:

    True blue….love the idea of slow dancing to keep the romance alive!!

  11. lillian says:

    oh the cacophony of sounds that make up a home……….LOVE this! And it gets me to thinking of how the sound patterns change through our married lives……from when the children were wee ones, to their grade school days, through those teen years……..then when they’re gone and we’re busy with jobs and there’s still a rustle bustle but it’s mainly of our own making. And now in rejuvenatement, it’s a quiet in the house — but a comfortable soft quiet. And then when the kids and grandkids visit, those original sounds are multiplied again!
    Ah….thanks for this post. I’m smiling over my second cup thinking of these changing sounds of love!

  12. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful, and wonderful. Heartwarming and beautifully expressed. Sigh.

  13. Raivenne says:

    “and the will and the while
    of it, the spill and the smile”

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

  14. Sounds like a great love.

  15. Yes indeed. So many great lines and sound images here, the drip of the coffee especially :), and I like the aria and ballad moments. So much music here; I read it twice and will be back. I really enjoyed this, thank you!

  16. Oh My!!! This is perfect! Nothing else to say!

  17. It is all of those beautiful, everyday sounds and rhythms. You have captured the cadence of abiding love perfectly.

  18. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    I’m with Walt – one of the very best – the way your words drip with the everyday rhyme of love that has come home

  19. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Ah, that’s a beautiful song, beautifully sung! Thank you.

  20. How romantic! I love the use of hum in this–a sound as well as a tune.

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