Plaintive Pull

The nature of blogging lends itself to posting in early morning.  Morning is a time for building energy, gathering thoughts to plan a successful day and not necessarily a time to bring up a plaintive, lamenting note.  But seasonal transitions seem to lend themselves to a plaintive and wistful mindset, at least to me.


I had a cat once who would stride through the house, usually in the evening and let out a sorrowful loud plaintive cry from a room or two away.  Perhaps he wanted me to do what I often did, which was to come and find him and ask him to tell me about whatever seemed to be on his mind.  And give him a nice scratch behind his ears.  Maybe he just liked the way that his meow would bounce off the walls and ceilings when he got a good lungful of air behind it.  (He did occasionally seem to have a theatrical bent.)


Evening seems to be the right time for plaintive reflection – not as heavy as a lugubrious or dolorous ponder but a few moments to think.  The right sort of evening reflection can lead to a better day in the morning.


Plaintive thought isn’t meant to be about all of the things that I meant to do in that day and didn’t get around to completing – too many people spend too much energy at the end of the day in this mode.  How about what I learned, what I can build on in coming days, what needs to be reworked…


As thoughts for this post started to form in my head, I realized that plaintiveness is often best expressed in music.  And songs by The Fixx and Counting Crows among others went through my head.  But I really sat down to write when the evening light brought Taps to mind.

photo credit: Wikipedia

photo credit: Wikipedia


The mournful sound of a single bugle in the soft summer evening air brings me back to my childhood when my dad was Camp Director.  This day is over, time to rest.  Nature and humans have done what could be done in this day.


All is well.


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2 thoughts on “Plaintive Pull

  1. Dan Antion March 19, 2014 at 7:16 am Reply

    It’s funny, I can accomplish a lot on a technical blog in the morning, I often preapre notes during the week and write it on Saturday morning. My personal blog, on the other hand is almost entirely written at night, while scratching the cat 🙂 Maybe that’s because it’s more reflective than action inspiring, I don’t really know, but it’s interesting to think about. My thoughts also drift into music sometimes when I’m (trying to) write. Thanks again for encouraging thought.

    • Beth Anne Reed March 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Thanks for regularly stopping by, Dan. Plenty of writers have cats. I think that they must help with writer’s block.

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