Rory Hudson

Rookie - 99 Points (10 January 1952 / Adelaide, Australia)

A Room Without A View - Poem by Rory Hudson

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.

Comments about A Room Without A View by Rory Hudson

  • Gold Star - 37,321 Points Rajnish Manga (10/25/2015 11:56:00 PM)

    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, (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 99 Points Rory Hudson (10/26/2015 12:12:00 AM)

    I appreciate your generous comment, Rajnish!

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  • Silver Star - 3,647 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (10/25/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    congrats on having this poem as poem of the day. It sure deserves to be one. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 99 Points Rory Hudson (10/26/2015 12:10:00 AM)

    Very kind of you, Jasbir - thanks!

  • Gold Star - 12,153 Points Anil Kumar Panda (10/25/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    Beautifully composed poem. Liked it. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 99 Points Rory Hudson (10/25/2015 4:53:00 PM)

    Nice to hear from you, Tiku!

  • Gold Star - 12,268 Points Souren Mondal (10/25/2015 8:21:00 AM)

    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.. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 99 Points Rory Hudson (10/25/2015 4:53:00 PM)

    Much appreciated, Souren - thanks!

  • Gold Star - 13,933 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (10/25/2015 7:38:00 AM)

    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+++ (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 99 Points Rory Hudson (10/25/2015 4:52:00 PM)

    Thanks very much for commenting on my poem!

  • Rookie The Reader (5/7/2014 2:53:00 AM)

    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...! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sally Carter (6/7/2009 3:37:00 AM)

    What a powerful message you send - and how true unless we remain vigilant. Thank you Rory for helping to keep me awake. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Susan Jarvis (4/30/2009 6:05:00 AM)

    Rhythm, rhyme and a poignant message - a great poem, from its literary title to its very last line. S :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Estrella Baldemosa (4/24/2009 6:37:00 PM)

    This is really a very good poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lindsey Ashton (4/24/2009 5:30:00 AM)

    wow this is really good, one of the best ones i have seen on here, its a perfect picture of depression and leading yourself into a hole you cannot and dont want to get out of.
    Well done

    Lindsey (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 104 Points Raj Arumugam (4/22/2009 3:22:00 AM)

    The lines lead one to the next so naturally, Rory and the mood is so contagious... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Julie Dant (4/20/2009 9:43:00 PM)

    Wow, Rory...very bleak and dark and sad I am finding this one. Perfect rhythm, with an easy flow. Good work here.
    Julie (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 18, 2009

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