Thursday, December 3, 2020

Poetry Friday: Solitude


The other day, I came across this picture of a gift my sister made for me. It feels like the perfect image for my life during 2020. A LOT of solitude!   :  )


Solitude

My friends are gone.
No one is home.
A perfect time
to spend alone.
To think.
To dream.
Beneath this tree—
To read a book
of poetry.

©Linda Kulp Trout


A big thank you to Mary Lee for hosting this week on her blog A Year of Reading.


27 comments:

  1. Lovely poem, Linda! When you have a book, you aren't alone. Sweet picture your sister made for you. I have a sister and sister gifts are extra special.

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    1. Thank you, Janice. I agree about having a book. I always read a lot, but this year, I've read even more!

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  2. So sweet! What better way to enjoy solitude? And sisters are THE BEST. Lucky you... and lucky me, too. xo

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  3. The picture is lovely, Linda, and your poem fits it, and our lives this year, with a way to make every day a good one.

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    1. I go between enjoying my alone time to feeling so isolated and lonely. Just such a strange time in our lives, but we have to make the best of it.

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    2. Yes. A seesaw for sure, Linda. Wonderful, succinct poem that says it all.

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  4. I love that both your sister's gift and your poem show the upside of solitude. And yes, I agree with Irene, sisters are the best - I'm blessed with 6 of them! :)

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    1. 6, Bridget? My heavens! A cafeteria of personalities!

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  5. Wow! Bridget, six sisters! I have 3 sisters and two sisters-in-law, and like you, I feel blessed!

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  6. Lovely picture (is it a collage?) and poem, and yes to reading and calming moments of solitude! P.S. I envy your having a sister (I have one older brother).

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    1. Hi Jama, it is rock art. My sister made one for each of us!

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  7. What a lovely gesture of peaceful living your sister presented you with, Linda. Your poem is a wonderful companion to the artwork. I am longing for peaceful time. Between the closing of my new home in VA and trying to sell my Long Island home there is too much commotion.

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    1. Carol, moving is such a huge disruption. I hope things slow down for you soon. xo

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    2. Well, that would be a great thought but this weekend we are off for a couple of days to walkthrough our new home and then, we are back to sell our present home. Thanks for the well wishes, Linda.

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  8. I love your reframing of solitude. It has its negatives, but it definitely has positives too!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. I'm trying to focus on the gifts solitude brings. I am alone a lot, and sometimes I get very lonely. Keeping my mind busy helps. : )

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  9. Nice rhythm to your poem, Linda! (I don't have any siblings! Hard to imagine having as many as you or Bridget!)

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    1. Thank you, Tabatha. The older I get, the more I appreciate having siblings, but being an only child has its advantages too. xo

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  10. Your contemplative poem seem to smooth over the rough edges of being alone, especially when one is with a book!
    Lovely art image your sister made for you, the two work very well together, thanks Linda!

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  11. This is gorgeous--solitude, but not loneliness. Yes!

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  12. This is lovely, Linda, and it's what I've been experiencing since March.

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