My Philosophy of Being Alone

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

dverse …Talk on a cereal box…a smile on a dog prompt by Brian
“So today, I want you to write about philosophy.It could be the overarching philosophy of your life, or it could be the philosophy of a particular thing – like say, your philosophy on giving to the poor, your philosophy on finances, your philosophy on hair care products, your philosophy on education…Matter of fact I want the title of your poem to start with:

The philosophy of ______
My philosophy of ______
A philosophy of ______

“We’re all in this together alone.”  – Lily Tomlin

I’m caged in
pacing back and forth
watching shadows move.
I reach for you
your hand reaches back
we touch, we talk,
we live, we learn,
we lean on one another.
In the wee dark hours
I hear your soft breathing
and though I know you are
just a fingertip away
I am all alone.
When the death angel comes
and you are grasping me tight
all alone I’ll ooze
between the bars
leaving an empty cage.

  1. Grace says:

    I think we are all alone when the death angel comes ~ We can share our sufferings with others near, but the burden & emptiness rests all on us, alone ~


  2. this is so powerful, I felt the darkness bleed with every word. When the angel of death comes, we’re all alone I’d think… Amazing piece.

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  3. X says:

    There is comfort in community, in realizing that we are not alone – whether it is physically or spiritually. Death is one of those times that we can be thankful for those connections that we have made in life – because I would not want to face it alone.


  4. Sherry Marr says:

    Yes, even when we are together, we are together, alone…..once one learns that, though, we can truly have a great relationship.

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  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a powerful message in this beautiful poem!


  6. ds says:

    Ooh, I like the ending especially. No matter how much we lean on one another, in the end we are always alone. Thank you for this.


  7. Sumana Roy says:

    alone we came and alone will we leave but in between there’s some sharing, laughter, pleasure and pain….nice thoughts…

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  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    When the hum of fellowship diminishes, when your loved one look away for the briefest of moments, naked, afraid, & alone we take the shimmering shadows hand, step out of our husk, & move on to what we all hope is the next big thing; too soon for many of us, for death takes no holidays.

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  9. rosross says:

    Yes, powerfully put, in truth we are alone I the hard parts – it is love as joy which makes us one. Perhaps if we saw death as joyful that too could connect us.


  10. claudia says:

    there are def. moments when even the closest person cannot accompany and hold us any more…jesus has promised he will be there then – so that is my hope…being held by him…

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  11. Oh.. No.. Alone.. the greaTest illusion of all in human being..
    ah.. to connect to the last dying gasp of breath
    to a drop of air.. a pollen of flower if
    only a sneeze.. is cosmic
    oneness of delight
    NOT sadly
    in Truth for
    some.. but
    as long
    breathe goes ON..
    there is Now
    and another
    for potential


  12. Mary says:

    Yes, we are born alone and eventually we die alone. In between it is nice to have the comfort of someone else’s soft breathing….


  13. I. says:

    Ooh, I love this:
    “When the death angel comes
    and you are grasping me tight
    all alone I’ll ooze
    between the bars
    leaving an empty cage.”


  14. Death, just as birth is our own personal transition. Even though we are still alone in a sense, I would think that being physically alone could be very traumatic.
    As others have stated, this has a powerful message. I enjoyed it very much. 🙂


  15. phylor says:

    We can feel most alone in those dark, before dawn hours, even as someone sleep-breathes beside us.
    A powerful poem on life, death, and relationships.


  16. Myrna says:

    Yes, in life and death we are together, alone. You captured this wisdom beautifully. Lovely poem!


  17. Pat Hatt says:

    When death decides to show, alone we shall go.


  18. Truedessa says:

    Unfortunately, that is one walk we must take by ourselves even though we have journeyed together in life.


  19. Bryan Ens says:

    this has a great sadness to it. Powerfully written!


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