Laurence Overmire


A Solitary Confinement


So few people understand
Or even care
The connection that holds us
Together
More tenuous than real

Perhaps then, my greatest strength
Lies within and not

Without
The tending of my own
Misfortune
A matter of dressing my own
Wounds

I need not ask for anything more
All that was needed

Was long ago given, and only now
Do I
See, and what’s more, feel
The full measure of my
Advantage.


(Previously published in Poetry Soul to Soul, Nov.2005)

Submitted: Monday, April 03, 2006
Edited: Friday, April 04, 2008

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  • Aldo Kraas (12/23/2006 10:54:00 AM)

    Finally I found a good poem that you wrote
    It is amazing
    But a solitaey confinement would be more for a jail
    But you used it in a better way
    Because jail is too horible and painful to talk about (Report) Reply

  • John Libertus (4/11/2006 12:22:00 PM)

    Really good. Your line(s)

    'The connection that holds us
    Together'

    reminds me of the definition of the word 'Dharma', in Buddhism: 'that which brings (or holds) us all together'. It's also used to refer to the Buddhist teachings themselves.

    Your thought

    'The tending of my own
    Misfortune
    A matter of dressing my own
    Wounds'

    is profound. It's called 'obedience to karma' in Zen Buddhism, and marks the end to self-pity.

    I really like your work, man. (Report) Reply

  • ***** ********* (4/3/2006 5:46:00 PM)

    Are we solitary before the tenuous link or do we become solitary as a consequence of it? Is a thought that springs to mind after reading your poem Laurence. I do admire your style. 10 from Tai (Report) Reply

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