Friday, February 06, 2015

Being Alone ~

Being alone 
is not being lonely,
it's a long walk 
on a wide beach 
where the only sound 
is a bird's cry,
the wind racing a blue sky 
and surf riding the shore.

Loneliness 

is being alone 
with a room full of people 
who don't care
when despair is a tear 
on a frozen cheek 
in a bright room.

72 comments:

  1. So lovely to see a poem from you, dear Margie. You have made my day. I do enjoy being alone and do not feel lonely, and your poem is a great description of what loneliness is...and isn't. I love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Linda
      So glad to know my poem 'made your day'
      And such a lovely thing to say ...

      Many thanks
      xx

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  2. You are right Margie. Actually, since my husband is a seaman and my children are grown ups and have their own lives, I am often alone at home, but I don't feel lonely. I feel that my loved ones resides in my heart at I feel secure.:)

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    1. Joy,
      How wonderful that you feel your loved ones residing in your heart.
      I am often alone too but never feel lonely (it's a good feeling to be content within ourselves.)

      Thanks for the comment and visit.

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  3. I love your poem it sums up being alone or being lonely. Glad you are back and i imagine you had a wonderful time!

    I do wonder about that bright room and well..maybe it's just my imagination - i do hope all is well w/you.

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    1. Hi Sandy
      Loved that you loved my poem, that made me smile.
      Thanks so much!

      All is well with me ... wonderfully well ...

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  4. there is def a difference between being alone and being lonely...
    we need alone time...but loneliness can be deadly...

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    1. Yes, Brain, loneliness can be deadly.
      I had a friend that once was on the verge of taking her own life due to loneliness but thank God she is doing well today ..

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  5. Both forms of solitude carry lessons that can be learned in no other way. Evocative poem.

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  6. I have been both....poem hit home, brought tears.

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    1. Bonnie
      I did not mean for my poem to bring you tears ... sorry!

      Hugs

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  7. oh boy, bring the tears ....it's so beautiful ....like you, love always angel

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    1. Lorraine
      You found it beautiful ... thanks dear one!

      Love always xo

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  8. Oh how utterly, totally, heart-breakingly, true!
    Yes, the tears are flowing here too...xoxoxo

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    1. Ygraine
      Oh no, more tears ...
      But I know tears mean one is touched greatly ...maybe that was the cause of your tears, I think that is it!
      Thanks always for your visits Ygraine
      You are a dear . xo xo

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  9. You've described the difference perfectly, Margie. I've often felt lonely in the midst of what could be conceived as connection. I'm hoping you spent some solitary time for renewal in Mexico. We'll celebrate the twins' 12th birthday here tonight - no loneliness in store for us!

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    1. Hi Barb
      Thank you for the kind words.

      We had the most wonderful trip to Cancun ... it was so good to get away and walk in the sand and feel the ocean breeze ...

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  10. Beautifully written about the differences between being alone and loneliness.

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    1. Many thanks, Anne for the lovely comment.
      It is appreciated ...

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    1. Thank you, Catherine ...
      So nice to have you visit!

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  12. Very beautiful, Margie. I hope you had an enjoyable time in Mexico with your sweetie. Cherish the time together. Sometimes I feel lonely when I remember some of those precious memories like the ones in your poem. I don't ever feel alone if I am really thinking, because I know I always have God with me.

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    1. Thank you, Faye on the kind words.

      Our time in Mexico was very special and the memories I will always cherish

      Bless you!

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  13. Very thoughtfully put and so true... You share such lovely words. Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful trip.

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    1. Hi Lisa
      Many thanks on the thoughtful comment!

      Our trip was truly fantastic!

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  14. Hi Margie - beautiful imagery - I am rarely lonely. thank goodness
    Love Gail
    peace.....

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    1. Thanks Gail
      I am glad you are rarely feel lonely as loneliness can be a burden!

      Love to you

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  15. Beautiful poem, Margie! I love its flow and the images... some serene, some sad... but perfect to express the difference...
    I hope you had a wonderful time in Mexico. :-)

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    1. Such kind words from you, Vesper, they are so appreciated.
      Many thanks.

      Our trip was simply amazing!

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  16. Margie,
    I love this as I am one who really likes my solitude at times!!
    Thanks so much for all your visits and for your kind comments!!

    hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie
      So happy you loved my poem ...
      Thank you!

      It's always a joy to visit you.

      Hugs

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  17. Lovely distinction between being alone and being lonely!
    It's something that touches everyone of us.

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    1. Many thanks Duta on the kind words!

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  18. I've never know loneliness because I love being alone, for the first time I'm not alone, and it's awful, love always angel x

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    1. Lorraine
      When we spoke yesterday, I meant to ask you about this comment.
      I will when we speak tomorrow.

      Love you.

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  19. So true! I love this. Happy Sunday to you, Margie!

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    1. Happy that you loved it, thank you, Martha.

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  20. Lovely, thank you for sharing! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  21. I agree with you, being alone is not being lonely, what a lovely poem :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Aunt Mary/

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    1. Hi Anthony
      Thank you!
      So nice to know you enjoyed my poem.

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  23. Beautiful poem dear Margie and SO true! I hope you had a lovely time away :)

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    1. Hello Summer
      Your kind words are appreciated.
      Thank you.

      Our time away was lovely and very special ...

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  24. Hi Margie! I really agree with your description of alone vs. lonliness. I love to be alone and walk in the forest, or on a nature path. Happy as a clam, because I choose that. But if I am shunned or alone when I don't want to be, then I feel isolated.
    Welcome back my friend! I hope you feel refreshed from your vaca!
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil
      I enjoyed your comment ...thank you for sharing ...

      Thanks for the welcome back ... I am feeling refreshingly wonderful after our trip to Cancun...

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  25. Margie: This is one of your best posts that so clearly elucidates being alone from loneliness. I enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Many thanks for the kind words, Micheal.
      They mean so much.

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  26. so right Margie. Perfectly said. I love alone time.

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  27. Such an important distinction between the two...beautifully written Margie.

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  28. Hello greetings and good wishes.

    Fabulous poem. It is very interesting to note how you changed from one scene to another effortlessly. Two different word pictures. One depicting a beautiful scene and a happy heart.

    The other scene shows a room crowded with people but being ignored and feeling sad. Sometimes this really happens.

    You have very cleverly used a marvelous technique to drive home the point.

    Best wishes

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    1. Hi Joseph
      Your wonderfully detailed comment on my poem brought a smile to me.
      Thanks so much!

      Best wishes to you...

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  29. A very valuable distinction. Thanks, loved that.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Hi ACIL
      It's nice to know you loved it.
      Thank you on the kind words!

      Greetings from beautiful Colorado ...

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  30. I enjoy being alone.
    This is lovely, Margie. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Jim
      I also enjoy being alone (most of the time)
      And I also enjoy company ...

      Thanks so much for the visit and kind words!

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  31. Beautiful poem, Margie. This makes me want to go to the beach. :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Daisy.

      Beach time is wonderful, I can attest to that!

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  32. Very nice poetic way to show the difference in alone and lonely, sweet Margie. I love being alone at times and really crave it and need it. I have never been to a beach but it looks like a great place to spend some "alone" time when no one is around. Hugs

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    1. Just Me Pooh,
      Thanks sweet one!

      I know you would love the beach, you must go, if you can!

      Hugs

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bearing its own gifts ...
Untie the ribbons.

-Ruth Ann Schabacker