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Updated on May 11, 2022

Solitude and Depression often share your company but you remain alone.

In a place called Soul-litude 
lies a world of its own making 
with no doors or windows 
and one individual sits 
amidst the remnants of memories 
of what is was to feel the sun 
and run naked through the woods 
fingers laced together 
mouths emitting laughter 
in stereo tinkles 
replaying the kisses 
the intimate moments 
cobwebbed and yet 
dusted off daily
on the shelves of memoreis   

Sorrow weaves solitude
in faded celluloid pictures 
on a film strip that 
replays over and over again 

Mistakes build chains 
that hold one down 
allowing minimal movement 
age like mold 
creeps ever onward 
eating away at 
the fabric of hope.
Work is a mainstay 
creative impulses drive the 
heart to recreate 
some forms of beauty 
deadlines criss cross 
the room preventing 
dances and leaps of faith 
so the mind unfolds 
and from the creases pour 
liquid thoughts 
that flow and soothe 
and break tiny pinholes 
in other rooms of Soul-litude 
bringing light 
to eyes long rimmed with tears 
between the piles of things 
that must be done 
slipping in the mold 
there lie spaces yet to be filled 
and when time permits 
fingers scrabble to write 
lighter verses in the bleakness 
all that goes out brightens the world 
and darkens the chamber within 
many rely on the outpouring of art 
seeking to free more 
without knowing the cost 
built by choices made and chains 
linked from paths taken long before.
Depression is a psuedo-friend
who pats you on the leg so hard
that it cripples you....hope is a crutch
that helps you get around in spite of it...
love is a balm that can heal and yet
the scars from other healings that failed,
can bring depression round again
for another pat answer....


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