Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Poetic Wednesday!

"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self." ~May Sarton

"I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up." ~ Pearl S. Buck

"It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them…. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say." ~ Thomas Merton

" It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." ~ Ralph Emerson Waldo


Self awareness ~ reflection

One living by ones own pace ~ comfortable

Learning to love self ~ Listening to Music at three a.m.

Independence~ Internal rest~ refreshing

Tranquilty ~ Peacefulness~ renewal

Understand of self and others~ empowering

Daring to dream~ Realizing hope ~ finding Faith

Enlightenment of the spirit ~ Happiness beginning till end!

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

1. the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one's solitude.
2. remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.

~Today my poem is called solitude. I am often sent words by people who like to see just what I might do with the word in the form of a poem. This word was e-mailed to me by a person I never met. They just happened upon my My Space page. I normally start by actually looking the word up in a dictionary. The word Solitude was surprising for me to work with. I had always felt that the word meant lonely and alone.. I have spent a lot of time on this word because it doesn't in fact mean those things. I guess if it was a forced solitude it might mean something different But solitude is actually a good thing for many people. Some artists live in solitude for years. They enjoy their solitary life. They find that they work better this way.

~ I spend a lot of time alone. I enjoy my solitude. I can read or write without being disturbed by others. I am rarely lonely. I enjoy my own company and am able to relax and think while I am alone. I am able to rest and do nothing other than imagine. And yet because I am alone I can also do anything I want without bothering another person.

~ I would never want to be alone for the rest of my life. I think solitude has it's own time and place in all lives... Very few people I think would choose loneliness.. for loneliness brings with it a certain kind of despair. That despair is not a part of solitude.
Solitude is quiet and peaceful time spent by one's self by choice.

~ If you have a moment alone today try to understand the concept of solitude. Don't feel lonely just because you find yourself alone. Use your imagination. Reflect upon all that life has given you. Dare to dream of something you hope to accomplish. Read a good book. Or maybe write a short poem. But enjoy your time of solitude for in this crowded busy world we live in ~ solitude is hard to find! Have a great day!


Big Time said...

I am enjoying a moment of Solitude as I type this note. I am alone in my hotel room in Mt.Pleasant. I understand the word Solitude and realize that I too like being alone time sometime but there is nothing like spending time with someone you love. I Love You! Reuben.

Sunshine said...

Patsy!This is a great poem! I have never looked at solitude this way. I usually never like being alone, only because I never had to. I am however learning to how to do this more and more with each passing day.

Big Time - Being alone sometimes makes you appreciate who you love so much more when you are together!

Pblacksaw said...

Big time~ You are quiet right.. solitude does make you glad to be with others and appreciate them.

Sunshine~ I once didn't like to be alone.. It took me years to get where I could be alone for hours and not mind it. I always felt that it was me having done something to put me in the position I had found myself.. alone.. I didn't learn to enjoy it quickly. Haha..
But loneliness amnd solitude are two way different things. I have learned to be alone with out being lonely..

~~Have a great day!

Mott said...

Great poem. I have not had very much alone time in my life. I do treasure the moments that come few and far between.

Pblacksaw said...

Mott~ we tried to Leave you~ I meant to say leave you alone ~ when you were little but you screamed for mama and we had to come back and get you. I love you!!