Monday, December 5, 2011

Individual crowd

















Don't look
keep your gaze on
your own plate
nibble your sandwich
without an eyelid
flicker to
front or back or
a glance at
your neighbor.
How alone we can
make ourselves in a
world full of
people doing the same.
And why?
I can walk through
the crowds or sit in a
restaurant, carefully
maintaining that bubble
of sovereignty,
that aloofness of self
with a book
to hand or a
daydream to
dawdle
within.
(Posted for Magpie Tales 94, 12/4/11 and Thursday Poet's Rally 57, 12/4/11)

14 comments:

  1. and why i think is the most important question...because we certainly do...

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  2. I absolutely agree with Brian. Those final 11 lines are the most compelling of an excellent poem.

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  3. I love the idea of dawdling within--and, of course, bubble of sovereignty. K

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  4. Or an electronic device to stare at rather than inviting discourse. If you break the silence between, it is usually invited though -- I have found.
    Lovely poem.

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  5. what a strong point made.
    enjoyed it.

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  6. You tell it like it is.....wonderful writing!!

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  7. sovereignty... yes however precious and fleeting... love that!

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  8. What a wonderful write. I love the title, as well.

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  9. carefully
    maintaining that bubble
    of sovereignty

    Sadly, there are many people who do that all the time...

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  10. Sometimes breaking that bubble can be such a relief to both yourself and to the person you reach out to. I've pushed myself to try it sometimes. Sometimes I get nothing; sometimes I get into a nice conversation with a really cool person.

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  12. Good poem, your poem made me see and feel but also think about the why. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Alone and yet not......alone yet surrounded by people.....thank you for letting me know someone else feels it

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