Even in togetherness there is distance.

I am alone –
a central figure, distracted,
aiming for contact,
unable to eviscerate control,
repeatedly producing a singular confusion.

Define success…
Is it the one on top,
the know-it-all,
or are these the machinations
of estrangement?

I am unable to discern –
stability never more than a dalliance.

The pavement ahead whispers
promises of belonging –
can I tolerate the quest?

Unfulfilled, I am defensive,
fear off-shoots of depression,
shield tender inner places…

Bring on change;
others watch – look to me
as an example.

I can do this, on their behalf.

Never alone.

Always distances to cross.

(V.J.’s Weekly Challenge is distance. Also submitting this for Open Link Night at dVerse.)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

27 thoughts on “Distance

  1. Distance takes on many forms. I was drawn to your first line and last line. Many thoughts churning when I read this. “The pavement ahead whispers“ … I guess traveling distances is still singing in the wind for you.

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  2. There are always distances to cross indeed — this journey that can only be taken alone is realized in your words in its hardships and doubts.
    I found this bit really effective: “I am unable to discern –/stability never more than a dalliance.”

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  3. kaykuala

    Even in togetherness
    there is distance.

    A classic opening VJ. It sets the mood for the tactful reaction to keep things going on behalf of others – which is a noble thing to do!


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  4. It’s amazing how, in the journey of this one poem, you went from the feeling of isolation to the realization of being “never alone.” I bet it was a hard poem to write. They usually are when they are that dynamic. Great work.

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