OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Loneliness is just a state of mind

Aloneness is a state of being

To be alone and lonely is depressing that is true,

To be with someone yet lonely makes you feel blue.

The art of being alone yet not lonely

Is achieved by very few


Is it so difficult to attain?

By nature we are herdalistic

Social animals to the core

It’s weird to differ from this characteristic law.

Society compels

That one is not alone,

So psychologically,


In total disarray

Aloneness is not a state that is easy to sustain.

©irene waters 2013

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Alone

  1. Cris says:

    This certainly captures the essence of alone, your poem as well. My selection for the challenge happened before I found out about the challenge, but it’s what I’ve selected. I hope you’ll take time out to enjoy it.


  2. Sherri says:

    Ahh yes, great poem capturing the essence of being alone or being lonely. Two very different states…love this Irene.


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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Irene, you said it marvelously. Thanks so much for adding your beautiful words and photo to this challenge!


  5. Very beautifully expressed IW! I think all artists writers etc understand the need for aloneness. Our minds are so crowded already, we can be alone for stretches of time without being lonely lol.


  6. Ta. I agree with you – when you are writing you have to be alone but you are not lonely. How can you be, you are in the company of all those people dying to get out of your head.


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