Neighbours And Poetry

Can you guess what I was listening to last night? Take a read – oh, and bring the earplugs!

Earplugs. Can I have a pair?

Earplugs. Can I have a pair?

Neighbourly Nerves

What are you doing up there?

I hear you pounding on the floors again,

A thin line for my ceiling, my ears,

And my last nerve –

That is growing weaker by the second.

 

You make me wish I still had earplugs

(Though I don’t miss the days I wore them

As I slept before night shifts of zombie eyes and tired isolation).

 

You can pound until 7pm, that’s the city bylaw,

And I have the phone number for the strata president,

He’s a friend, you know.

 

Do you own a watch?

 

I do hope you get that renovation done,

Though I don’t know your name

(Or your project)

And then let me have a quiet night –

As my mind is loud enough without your pounding from above me.

 

Β©2012 Christy Birmingham

The ceiling

What are you doing up there?

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57 thoughts on “Neighbours And Poetry

  1. granbee

    So very fine to end this poem with this confession of a “loud mind”! I have found that when my mind and spirits are quiet at bedtime, it matters not what loud noises surround me! I fall asleep anyway!

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      1. Cat Forsley

        Or just really blast loud music for like 12 seconds in the middle of the night ?????? lol πŸ™‚
        CB you are cute !!!!!!!!
        don’t let those neighbours bug you …..:) xx

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        1. Cat Forsley

          NOOOOOOO — something really loud ………..
          only for 12 seconds …………………..
          that would be a good warning πŸ™‚ lol
          if you want a good loud song – let me know πŸ™‚
          i have many musical ideas for noisy neighbours πŸ™‚
          πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
          i have this certain song in my head right now πŸ™‚
          just say the word πŸ™‚

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        2. Cat Forsley

          wooooohooooooo πŸ™‚

          That song could wake anyone up ! right πŸ™‚ xx
          i just played it in my headphones ….and wooooo it’s fun πŸ™‚
          let me know – what happens πŸ™‚ lol πŸ™‚ xo

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      1. beebeesworld

        The video of the “prank” played on the ball player was so funny-were you in on it? Do you know any of the people involved? In am case, hope your noisy neighbors settle down.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes Jane, now if I can get them down here to work on my place with a few renovations here and there… that could be a worthwhile solution! Thanks Jane for your comment and support.

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  2. Mark the mechanic

    I have had some bad neighbors when I was living in apartments and Condos. Even took 1 to court and wound up in a mediation (that was a waste of resources). So my rule going forward is always be on top. I refuse to sign anything pertaining to living under someone. Noticed this comment above “nobody has to put up with that in Canada” If this is true How cool is Canada?

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Mark, I won’t speak for all of Canada – though I would like to! Good for you and you may have a decent solution with the top-floor method. Perhaps I will win the lottery and have a house before the construction ends! Hehe. Thanks for the comment, nice to see you here.

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  3. authormjlogan

    Great Poem Christy,
    I swore I’d never live below, next to or above anyone ever again. I’ve been walked on, blasted out, bugged out, stunk out, cooked out, and any other kind of obnoxiousness you can think of.

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  4. Julie Catherine

    Love it Christy, especially the ‘loud mind’ at the end, lol! So sorry your neighbours are so inconsiderate, though. ((((Hugs)))) Sending you love and positive energies for a peaceful weekend, my friend! ~ Love, Julie xoxox

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  5. Miro

    In situations like this, I like to run an audio recorder, and then play it for the people making the noise. They simply aren’t thinking about how other people are interpretting the noise they’re making, and usually feel pretty stupid and rude when they’re made to walk a mile in your shoes.

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  6. Valentine Logar

    Loved this, it reminded me of my apartment days. Sometimes even being on the top floor doesn’t help though. I once lived above a man who was clearly going through a bad break-up, he played ‘bad country’ all day every day loudly and on a bad stereo with all his windows and the patio door open.

    Whoohoo….cry me a river. My kids were young, they still hate country (except Lyle Lovett) to this day.

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  7. Red

    I have always wondered why they are called “apart”ments when they are all stuck together. Ugh. This is on my list of “never again”s. I like at least 200 feet between me and my neighbors, although honestly, the next place will likely be closer to a quarter mile.

    Earplugs. *Shudder*
    {HUGZ}
    Red.
    xxx

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      So true about the name. Perhaps we could you “together”ments instead of apartments… or we could just get me into a stand-alone house somewhere instead! I’m hoping the noise will be done soon given the smaller space than a house. Stay tuned… xx

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  8. Dana

    Wowza– I’ve definitely been there before, Christy. Earplugs and I go WAY back! Hope you’ve managed to have a better sleep since then. At least you got a sassy poem out of it. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Oh yes, we never know when and where we will get inspiration! I thought they were done and then nope they came back tonight. I will keep an eye on the time hehe. Thanks for stopping by, Dana!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Sue, I heard yesterday that the work is done. My neighbours were putting in a new floor; hardwood I suppose. Now I am monitoring the situation! Sending you peaceful thoughts as well

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  9. Easter Ellen

    Awww.. hope it ended sooner than later. I have a son that is a night owl. I occasionally have to remind him to remember that most people sleep when he is at his most awake!

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      1. Easter Ellen

        My son is in the bedroom next to mine and goes up and down the stairs of the house several times per night.. He is trying to be quieter, but I still end up hearing him at least once per night. (Ugh!)
        I’m glad your neighbours moved out!
        xo

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