Pseudo-Poetry Month continues

Ladies, this is another personal favorite. It deals with the theme of “loneliness” and how it may seem sad on the surface, but if you scratch a little deeper it can often be empowering. I hope you enjoy it.

“Song”

Adrienne Rich

You’re wondering if I’m lonely:
OK then, yes, I’m lonely
as a plane rides lonely and level
on its radio beam, aiming
across the Rockies
for the blue-strung aisles
of an airfield on the ocean.

You want to ask, am I lonely?
Well, of course, lonely
as a woman driving across country
day after day, leaving behind
mile after mile
little towns she might have stopped
and lived and died in, lonely

If I’m lonely
it must be the loneliness
of waking first, of breathing
dawn’s first cold breath on the city
of being the one awake
in a house wrapped in sleep

If I’m lonely
it’s with the rowboat ice-fast on the shore
in the last red light of the year
that knows what it is, that knows it’s neither
ice nor mud nor winter light
but wood, with a gift for burning.

  • Mary Alice

    I really love this one, thanks for sharing it!

  • Kat

    Very nice, AWOL, thanks for sharing it. Mothering can be a "lonely" experience, especially in the newborn/toddler phases, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.


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