A Passion For… Solitude

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


While out walking

I came across a singular tree

whose trunk had grown from one into two

the two appeared to have faces

facing each other

and seemed to be fighting

or about to indulge in an ardent kiss

were they attempting to get away from each other

tired of the intimate closeness

or whispering shared secrets

reveling in their companionship



are the earth upon which

we sow the seeds of abstract dreams

seeking to make fantasy real

taking the risk to see what grows

what lives

what dies

when we take what is within

and release it outside

when we merge a passion for solitude

with a feverish desire to flow

beyond ourselves

to others.


“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
― Honoré de Balzac


Two shadows flowing water


7 thoughts on “A Passion For… Solitude

    • Thank you for sharing, that’s a beautiful poem. I love the line ‘tap out the rhythm of chatting with friends’. Sometimes when people are talking I find myself listening not to the words so much as to the sound of their voice, the tone, and the flow of their self expression as though it was music.

      Awhile ago I read a great piece of perspective on balance. It said that perfect balance can only be achieved momentarily because the scales are permanently shifting from side to side. Balance is that point between shifts.

      Perhaps good balance comes from being in tune with the rhythm of the shifts.

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