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Solitude--- a Food for Soul---a Poem

Updated on June 19, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living, and a devoted practitioner of many techniques enhancing personal evolution.

Moments When Solitude Is the Best Company
Moments When Solitude Is the Best Company

There was a time at my early start

when friends were scarce for some crazy fate

loneliness sat heavy on my friendly heart

and yet---perhaps a blessing with not much to hate.

Wandering this world with no compass or map

I met many characters from novels and stages

drawn to me by chance or by some weird mishap

a gallery of faces of all different ages.

Apparently friendly, at least by their pose

with a passing smile measured into a dose

or an emptied bottle that would bring us close.

Finally with a clue of what was going on

it felt like myself being in that room only

and I quietly wished to be left alone

maybe to end up feeling so much less lonely.

At some other times a compliment might come

before me discovering some cosmetic pretenses

as dude would turn out nothing but shallow and dumb

didn't need much more to get back to my senses.

So again, it was me in that room only

while I quietly wished to be left alone

maybe to end up feeling much less lonely.

Well, those times are gone now, at every corner a friend

and yet I cannot lie now and shamelessly pretend,

for there are still times when that past would return;

when in the middle of my hosting a friend

reluctant to face it, but forced to learn---

for, again it's myself at my home only

while I may secretly wish to be left alone

perhaps to end up feeling less lonely.


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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting poem. I love the way in which you've shown that being alone is not necessarily the same as being lonely.

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      Vladimir Karas 4 months ago from Canada

      Dana---Your answer to that lady was classic---I mean exactly the one that folks like that need to hear. Actually I used it myself, when a friend asked me if it was "healthy" not to go out more, to dine in restaurants, to go to theatres.

      Well, I love my wife's cooking, theatres are too loud---but I go for walks in the park where I often engage in lengthy and interesting conversations, sometimes with total strangers. I enjoy picnicking with a bunch of friends, not to mention travelling every single year.

      But I also asked her what she was running away from, because we can't hide from ourselves. Well, she happened to be smart enough to realize how our individual differences always allow us to see "healthy" from a different perspective.

      Thank you for interesting comment, my friend.

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      Dana Tate 4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I remember when a relative of mine commented on how I enjoy spending time alone she said; "You need to stop spending so much time alone and go out and have fun!" My response was; "You need to stop running the streets and learn to enjoy your own company!"

      My point was if she felt I was sitting at home dwelling on my problems, I can feel that she ran the streets needing people to distract her from her problems. The truth is I enjoy spending time alone, I treasure my solitude time. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy going out with others occasionally.

      By the way, when I said that to her she was very upset! I think I hit a nerve.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lovely thoughts! Solitude can indeed be a blessing. No hypocrisy, no meaningless chatter, only the genuine self to discover and appreciate.

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      Vladimir Karas 4 months ago from Canada

      Larry---As the poem may be revealing: It makes two of us.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      I've always enjoyed solitude.

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      Vladimir Karas 4 months ago from Canada

      Ruby Jean---I would say that every thinking person has that need to drop all life roles from time to time and just experience what I call "beingness", or facing the nakedness of their intimate reality.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I really can relate to this piece. There are times when solitude is my best friend, then when I least expect it, I want to be in the mix...

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      Vladimir Karas 4 months ago from Canada

      Hari---I like the way you put it.

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      Vladimir Karas 4 months ago from Canada

      Audrey---When I was writing the poem I took a risk of appearing "asocial", or "depressed". Well, solitude to me never meant the same as loneliness; it's a sort of a soul's "tune-up", like meditation, time to reflect. So it's not sad at all.

      There are times when we think we want to socialize, only to realize that we are not exactly up to it. It reminds me when I got all painting gear out to do my oil painting---and then put it back, because the inspiration was simply not coming. Maybe then I opted for a walk in the park or something.

      Anyhow, thank you for the comment.

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      Hari Prasad S 4 months ago from Bangalore

      Reclaim yourself,

      I me myself,

      We are the three musketeers.

      - hari

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      Audrey Howitt 4 months ago from California

      This was lovely--though sad--