Flying Solo

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Solitude  (posted by Bjorn)
In today’s situation of social distancing, we all have taken a crash course in loneliness, and when learning to cope. Today I would like you to write about your own experience with how you find strength in solitude or how you still struggle with loneliness.


A replica of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond

If solitude is a choice,
I yearn for it. Set me
on a blanket in the sand
with only the ocean
as companion. If solitude
is foist upon me, than
invariably, I want sounds
of family, friends, laughter,
mix of perfumes and blossoms.
Suddenly connection is vital.
Loneliness is an emptiness
within, like a floating
balloon with frayed string.
Often, loneliness is present
with or without solitude.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to Flying Solo

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point that loneliness can come with or without solitude.

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  2. Roslyn Ross says:

    Yes, well said. The difference too between being alone and being lonely.


  3. Excellent perspective on perspective itself + as well a contrasting between solitude and isolation.


  4. I think solitude has to be a choice, not forced upon you to work.


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