Poems Writings

loneliness

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

 

do i feel lonely?

 

with my mother oceans away

my father mountains of continents away

and my brother in the middle

 

what does away mean?

 

it is the distance you can measure with the length of your palms

or

the void of which you cannot quantify with any metrics?

 

any direction

anyway

i hold in my heart

what the universe cannot shelter

 

in the prison of my ribs

there is a vast chasm

in which

precariously dangles

my zealous love

 

sometimes

when i cry in my closet

my quivering bones

yearn for a mother’s embrace

 

i took my scared mind

in my fragile body

to the other side of the world

 

away

from all I ever knew

to find myself

 

i did find her

so

i won’t ever be lonely

 

do you ever get lonely?

 

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18 Comments

  1. I know the feeling too well of loneliness.

    Powerful poetic emotion. Heartfelt. And brilliant.

    1. Em says:

      Thank you x

      1. You are welcome. 🙂

  2. Beautifully written and makes my heart ache. Yes, we all get lonely, alone or in a crowded room/place. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Em says:

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you liked it x

      1. Very much 🙂

      2. You’re welcome 🙂

  3. This was a really great read.

    ” in the prison of my ribs
    there is a vast chasm
    in which
    precariously dangles
    my zealous love ” – amazing poetics!

    I will return to read more. 🙂

    -Renee Verona
    Rarityofparadise.com

    1. Em says:

      I’m so glad you liked it xx thanks for stopping by

      1. Anytime 🙂

  4. I can’t remember the last time I was lonely, I think it must’ve been around early- to mid-1992. Since then, my life has been so full and complex that I value very highly what few moments of solitude I’m able to scratch out of my schedule from time to time.

    1. Em says:

      That’s amazing, incredibly happy for you

  5. I’ve felt loneliness even with people around. Odd feeling, I suppose. Kudos to you for having the courage to defy it.

    1. Em says:

      Thank you, I do also feel lonely at times, even with people around

  6. Your Sartre quote was a good beginning. Then it looked like you took a journey and by the end of your poem you found your solution. Very well expressed.

    There is a difference between being alone and being lonely.

    1. Em says:

      For sure, as an introvert trying to learned that

  7. Beautifully written, Em! Love how you’ve expressed it here 🙂

    1. Em says:

      Thanks so much x

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