Thoughts that go through your head while lying flat on your back

I am lying on the hump in the middle of the futon; it’s softer than the two hollows carved out on either side. Maybe it is time for a new futon. Or a real bed. But I love its Japanese size and the feeling it gives of never having quite grown up or settled down. I turn onto my left side and I am face to face with the soft golden snowflakes of mould that are pushing their way through the paint on the wall next to my bedside table; they match my yellow eye mask with the words ‘cat nap’ on it.


When I turn onto my left side I see my underwear on the clothes rack. They are waiting for me to get up and shower and choose one of them to go on an adventure with.  In the meantime their bright colours seem to have scared my little sheep bag. I wish I had the energy to tell them to use their indoor voices.


And in the corner sit my partner’s clothes, airing. They look like a rag doll version of him, flopping on the chair.


The cupboard door is open and the winter woollens peek out at me. Packed away for the summer, they wonder why I didn’t go out today; all afternoon, they could hear the children splashing as they jumped off the pontoon into the aquamarine waters of the bay, and the currawongs calling, above the oblivious chatter of the parrots.


But now it is night, and having kept myself company with silly thoughts and minutiae, the pain and the day have both receded, and I  am ready to curl myself carefully off the bed, find my thongs and wander into the world again.


About sagesomethymes

Daniela is a writer, theatre producer and civic educator. She has had short stories and poetry published in: 'Prayers of a Secular World', Inkerman & Blunt; 'Blue Crow Magazine', Blue Crow Press; 'Knitting and other stories', Margaret River Press and Radio National’s '360 documentaries'. Her debut play, 'Talc', was produced in 2010. Her short play, 'Sicilian Biscotti', was produced for the launch of “Women Power and Culture” at New Theatre in 2011 and shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Award in 2015. Her second full length play, 'Friday', was produced by SITCO at the Old Fitzroy Theatre in 2013. 'The Poor Kitchen' was produced in 2016 as part of the Old 505 Theatre’s Fresh Works Season and was published by the Australian Script Centre in 2017 ( It was re-staged by Patina Productions at Limelight on Oxford in 2019. She co-wrote 'Shut Up And Drive' with Paul Gilchrist and it was produced at KXT in 2016. 'Seed Bomb' was produced at Old 505 Theatre as part of the FreshWorks Season in 2019 and has been published by the Australian Script Centre ( She co-wrote 'Softly Surely' with Paul Gilchrist and it was produced at Flight Path Theatre in 2022. She is the co-founder of indie theatre company subtlenuance ( Her published short stories can be read via the Short Stories tab on this blog.
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1 Response to Thoughts that go through your head while lying flat on your back

  1. Gina F says:

    Sounds like me on weekday mornings… except, I don’t a version of a partner’s clothes to look reminding me of a rag doll airing itself….Love it!

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