Poem: Still Loneliness NaPoWriMo #16

Loneliness is a crying newborn

Wanting only to be picked up

And held

Still loneliness

 

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About the poem:

I love Thich Nhat Hahn’s advice to notice an uncomfortable emotion, then go to it like a mother to a crying baby. Pick it up and embrace it. That alone may allow feeling better. Later, there may be some fixing but not now. Just pick the baby up and hold her close.

 

About the poet:

Joan Gregerson is addicted to writing poetry and to making green juice. Learn about these and her other obsession on her website at www.PositiveEnergyWorks.com

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Poem: I Didn’t Call You

I didn’t call you today
But I think you heard me anyway
I didn’t see you
But I saw your knowing eyes
I didn’t write you
But I know your replies

Dark days
Might fool you, make you doubt
Might make you think
We’re falling out

Don’t worry
It’s not the end
I’m here and
I’ll never forget you
My friend

Poem: Walking Me Home

2013-08-23 Moon and Street Crossing

I was on the verge of lonely
Walking home
Dark streets
All to myself

But at the end of every block
You are there
My big brother moon
Acting all big
Like you don’t care
But you are there
Waiting for me
Walking me home

About the poem:

Last week when I was out on an early evening walk with my friends, the two-year-old said, “Hey, the moon is going on the walk with us.” And each time it came into view again, he exclaimed, “See, there it is! It’s following us!”

His mom and I smiled, considered a complicated explanation, and instead we had to agree, “Yes, you’re right!”

Walking home tonight near midnight on deserted sidewalks, I too, kept seeing the moon appear. It was quite low, so it was just at the end of the block, or occasionally through a break in the trees, that it would peek through. I’d tried to call a friend earlier but couldn’t reach him, and was missing him. But when I saw the moon, it felt strangely reassuring and friendly…I guess, it’s been walking people home for thousands of years!