The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
-Michel de Montaine
Reflecting two separate paths that cannot align-
Loneliness and solitude- both depict an unaccompanied state
But the difference in connotation between them is great
Loneliness is a word that describes the torment
Of lack of companionship, it is a negative sentiment
Like the forced isolation of a winter, harsh and cold
Or being marooned on an island full of miseries untold..
The hollow cry of a relationship that is dying
Where conversation has been replaced by stifled crying..
Solitude, on the other hand, conjures a vision
Of peace and tranquility, of a calm blue ocean
Of being away from the mindless chatter
Of crowds, free to feel the things that matter
Freedom to listen to your own soul’s voice
To follow your heart, make your own choice
Loneliness is a vortex that sucks you in
Solitude is the radiance that spreads from within
The trick lies in turning your own
Approach around, to being all alone
To take the time to discover your own soul
Heal and make your broken pieces whole
Away from the prying eyes of society
Away from the pressure of propriety
Find, in solitude, the ultimate liberation
Discover within you, endless inspiration..
6 thoughts on “Solitude, not loneliness”
This hit home – loved it.
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This is so why I enjoy my solitude and feel no need to apologize. I am not lonely! Great post.
Love your choice of themes for writing…