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
(Posted for Magpie Tales 94, 12/4/11 and Thursday Poet's Rally 57, 12/4/11)


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

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

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

  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.

  5. what a strong point made.
    enjoyed it.

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

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

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

  9. carefully
    maintaining that bubble
    of sovereignty

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

  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.

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


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