alone on this island

This popped up when I found myself with days on my own after 'she' started working full time. The change from a year of days tangled in her lively presence, the whole way of life feeding on togetherness - suddenly different.

For a short time the peace was relaxing, and then the emptiness began to creep in. Adjusted now to the new routine, and looking back on the feelings it gave me, a brief window to something else, maybe deeper, or maybe further.




I have been alone on this island now for many years




I have been on this island now for many years

with only the sea, the wind, the silver sand

and my trees.

The cooling breeze

that rolls the waves that clean the sand,

silver tears.

Footprints with intolerable intrusion

fade with every wave

that breaks.

The memories each perfect print awakes


in foaming confusion

and apart from my fears, I please

to live only with the sound my heart makes.




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sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

"to live only with the sound my heart makes" is such a dramatic, yet pacific ending. Simply wonderful poem, I say. Cheers.

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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

thanks sligobay for your always suppotive comments.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I often wished I could live like that, all alone on an island, and eventually my wish came true. But after a few years in solitude – on an island in the midst of many people – emotionally withdrawn – aloof – I became slowly but surely physically and mentally ill. I was forced to leave my island. But I still spend some time there, whenever I can, but not for long. People are not made to be all alone. Is there any living creature that can survive all by itself? Beautiful poem and pictures!

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful poem, made me feel lonely, a little saddness came. I could see the tide as it washed away the foot prints. Thank you.


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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

Hi Martie - yes, that place is uninhabitable and yet still so attractive sometimes isn't it, sometimes even in the middle of happiness :)

alwaysexploring, thanks for your footprints over my poem :)

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

the beauty in the sound of that heart beat! If only more people could! Thank you, you got my vote on this one across.......... ~aloha~

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bogpan 6 years ago from Bulgaria Sofia

Yes, this is a good poem, but can be better if no such associative repetition and recitation (the island - only)

I wish shared happiness!

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motherbeastly 6 years ago from Argyll and Albox

Oh! This is great. Don't know if I could live 'only with the sound my heart makes' but it certainly makes me understand the feeling. I also loved the pictures.

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louisxfourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

Simply wonderful poem

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kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

Very awesome poem wrote from the heart.

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Beautiful Alternative Poet - you are an inspiration. Thank you.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Beautiful poem - it is filled with lonliness. Awesome.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

You write beautifully. The poem undulates almost like the waves kissing the shore which it emulates and its poignancy is almost tangible. It's quite vivid in its almost alienated imagery - a perfect vehicle for conveying the feelings it conveys.

I hope your separation from your beloved is relieved more than not. It truly is all the heavier, though, when it follows great and satisfying togetherness. You're wise to stay involved and vital, both for her sake and for yourself. Otherwise, each time you reunite, it would feel to her like a reproach rather than a full-hearted welcome, fully charged to make the time you do have together fully charged. It's much more fun the latter way and wastes none of your precious moments together. When you're alone, there's ample time for you to work through it alone without the need to encroach it on the joyous time. And you must create the transformation ahead of those times. It appears that's what you're doing. Kudos!

I notice the nearly invisible, naturally camoflaged lizard in the gravel in that first photo. It reminds me a bit of our horned toad lizards of the desert southwest. And what in the world makes those numerous excavations in picture #2? And while I'm asking - how about the rose-shaped jade-colored surface growths on the still water in picture #3? These are all such interesting, puzzling evidences!

Are you really in China? Where in China? My beloved was in China during his WWII Naval service - steering his ship up the Yangtze.

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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

Thank you for you comments that I value highly, I am glad you found the 'undulations' I am never sure these things get picked up by the reader in the way they are intended in writing.

My 'alone' state is only on a daily basis as 'beloved' has been by my side every minute for two years - but now she has has a job and is out in the day, but of course there is an echo of my first wife in there - although she is better out of my life than in it in any way :)

The excavations in pic 2 are made by millions of tourists !!! walking up a giant sand dune. The plant on the water surface wants to be a water lily when it evolves enough I think LOL - it is in a backwater of the Yangtze that you mention.

Yes I am really in China, I lived in Wuhan for 4 years and am now in Guilin where the air is fresher and it does not get so cold in the winter hopefully. I also did my naval service but in the 1960's 'cold' war.

I am very pleased to make your acquaintance via these pages and look forward to reading more of your poetry as time goes on.

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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

I like it. Very refreshing and nicely done.

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SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

..'silver tears'...i like that...beautiful poem...

hey, where've you been AP...miss ya...fishin'...gettin' into truble?...later....gater

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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

thanks schoolgirl.

SOH - thanks and I been a naughty boy and put in the naughty corneer for a week - back soon :)

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Thank you , your hubs are always so inspirational.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

I enjoyed reading this :D sweet actually, sort of a missing more then lonely is what I feel in the words and how they play, ut;s what I feel. :D hugs :D dancing on them tabs thank you for the dance. :D I just had to come back again hehe.

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heavym46 6 years ago

I feel sad, yet content.

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gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

The poem is great. It makes you feel like you are on the shores alone and enjoying every element of nature like never before. It is a strong poem. Enjoyed reading it:-)

Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

Lovely and simple. I will definitely take "silver tears" with me. That is a pure and clean image that resonates in my mind. Thank you for posting.

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Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

Very descriptive and moving. Wonderful poem!

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

This poem had to be given beautiful and voted up, the words and images it brings with it are lovely

Christy Zutautas 6 years ago

It's rare to find a true poet, your work is fantastic!

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very pretty! Thanks!

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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

simple and beautiful poem

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Joy56 5 years ago

wonderful words, thankfully she comes back each night, for you obviously not a man to be alone.... good for the poetry though, i enjoyed this one, and liked the pictures. You are a hopeless romantic.

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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Alone, where we meet paradise in one moment and hell in another! In the end, which shall we remember. Beautifully done!

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Awful Poet 5 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

I enjoyed this very much~

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cbpoet 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Beautiful poem, Thanks for sharing.

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