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Lora Colon

(26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)


I can't get away from the loneliness,
It hangs over me like a cloud,
It follows me like a stray, hungry dog,
It waits for me in the crowd.

It used to pant and claw at my door,
I resisted, but I knew it would win,
It found the key hidden under the mat
And now it just lets itself in.

The loneliness latched onto me
A long, long time ago,
I never could hide it - it's so obvious
Like a blackbird in the snow.

I've lived with loneliness so long
It's become part of my physique,
I watched as we grew old together,
My loneliness and me.

But, I'm already resigned to this fate,
Looking over my life, I recall
If it hadn't been for the loneliness
I'd have no companion at all.

Submitted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Edited: Monday, March 04, 2013

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  • Khairul Ahsan (2/18/2014 10:34:00 AM)

    @Brian Johnston,
    'But love begins and ends with a choice.' - Loved this beautiful line. The poem is nice. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Johnston (12/30/2013 9:35:00 AM)

    The Choice

    Why does loneliness seem so attractive?
    (Accepting her love as your fate)
    Is there really much warmth in her arms?

    Now just maybe I'm being proactive,
    And come to the party too late,
    Still I'm dazzled, I swear, by your charms.

    Safety's not the path you think it to be,
    Danger not just man's companion,
    Or simplicity always God's voice.

    The real world you see is never risk free,
    Love's path not just a dark canyon,
    But love begins and ends with a choice. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (12/8/2013 7:18:00 AM)

    I am really amazed to see how beautifully you have depicted loneliness in your poem. By saying:
    'It waits for me in the crowd.' you have said what I have always felt-being lonely even in a crowd.
    'But, I'm already resigned to this fate,
    Looking over my life, I recall
    If it hadn't been for the loneliness
    I'd have no companion at all.'
    These lines are so pathetic! Speaks for many. (Report) Reply

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