Transition of Thoughts

Weaving thoughts into words



We all occupy different rooms at different points of our lives,

The room where we first enter as a baby in someone’s arms,

This is where our cries can be heard loud and clear,

Once school begins, we may move to a separate room,

This is where we grow up into a young adult,

With school over and the time to move on comes the college room,

It’s the room full of life, friends, fun and more,

Then comes a job, a family and all the responsibilities that go with it,

During this time rather than change rooms we get a new house or apartment itself,


As we grow older, our outlook towards a room changes.

Inspired by John Updike’s ‘Chambered Nautilus’

“How many rooms one occupies to lead
a life! – the child’s small cell, within earshot
of his parents’ smothered moans; the college room
assigned by number, a poster-clad outpost
of freedom, the married man’s bedchamber,
cramped scene of glad possession and sneaking sorrow…”

Linking to dVerse Poetics: Make some room


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  1. So very true

  2. Beverly Crawford

    An evocative write. What we ask of a room changes as we turn the pages of our life. It’s not really about the room, it’s the self we bring into it/

    • transitionofthoughts

      True that Beverly. We all have different personalities / different reactions at different stages of our lives and that’s what I guess we bring to each room with us.

  3. Good point. There is a transition from changing rooms to getting a whole apartment of our own.

  4. An interesting concept. Reminds me of CG Jung’s theory of chambers/houses seen in our dreams, that they represent parts of out psyche

    • transitionofthoughts

      Ahh that’s interesting. Have heard of him but haven’t checked out his theory yet. Guess should read about it :).

      • I can’t point you to the right book; I’ve read so much of his, they all blur together. It might have been in a discourse about his ‘difference’ of opiniowith Freud. Freud was all for repressed sexuality being the cause of dreams, but Jung, then is student/disciple disagreed…. and so the theory follows

  5. Glad to see that Updike inspired you. You took us through the transitions so well but this line really stands out
    “This is where our cries can be heard loud and clear,” – it carries the suggestion too that at the end we are no longer heard
    thank you for joining in with the prompt

  6. We go from cramped to spacious and at last down to something small again… a journey from uterus to coffin..

    • transitionofthoughts

      True that! I guess that’s the circle of life, isn’t it?

  7. Always on the move…(k)

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