Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Solitude

There is the loneliness of peopled places:
Streets roaring with their human flood; the crowd
That fills bright rooms with billowing sounds and faces,
Like foreign music, overshrill and loud.
There is the loneliness of one who stands
Fronting the waste under the cold sea light,
A wisp of flesh against the endless sands,
Like a lost gull in solitary flight.
Single is all up-rising and down lying;
Struggle or fear or silence none may share;
Each is alone in bearing and in dying;
Conquest is uncompanioned as despair.
Yet I have known no loneliness like this,
Locked in your arms and bent beneath your kiss.

Babette Deutsch (b. 1895)

3 comments:

SiressYorkie said...

Peril? You okay?? *hugs*

peri said...

I am very, very good thanks :)

Batty said...

Lovely! My kind of poetry. If nobody is even remotely miserable, it ain't art.