Solitude

I am alone but not alone
my eyes see no one
my ears, aware only
of birdsong
through my open window
yet voices speak within, their words
a jumble of sound

I am alone but not alone
as people walk by
absorbed in activity
their faces animated
talking, alive
mothers, daughters, fathers, sons
longing for belonging

I am alone but not alone
family, friends, acquaintances
they say they care
they say they’re there
compassion and empathy
willingly given, yet
lacking understanding

I am alone but not alone
in social situations, my body
there, yet my mind
emotionally distant
engagement minimal
awkward conversation
stilted, I fall quiet

I am alone but not alone
remain inside my walls
a physical barrier
like the walls
in my mind
keeping me safe, keeping you out
only my thoughts for company

 

copyright © 2018 Karen Horsley

Image: Solitude and the Sea, a theme by Jacques Bodin

Comments

12 comments on “Solitude”
  1. I really relate to this. I was feeling similarly today……..beautifully written

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you, this poem seems to speak to many people x

      Liked by 1 person

  2. manyofus1980 says:

    Reblogged this on Therapy Bits and commented:
    Original poem by Karen from blue sky days. Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for the reblog, I also love this poem x

      Like

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for reading and reblogging x

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome Karen 🙂 it really spoke about where I’m at right now xxxx

        Like

  3. Brooke says:

    Beautifully written, you have a way with words!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, I’ve only just started writing poetry so every positive comment means so much to me x

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  4. theacquiescentsoul says:

    This is incredible; I can relate to so much that is said within these words!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your lovely feedback x

      Liked by 1 person

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