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Author’s Note: I thought of editing this poem after having read Tina’s (Tinalouise) response on Renae’s announcement. I published this poem way back January 16 of 2005, with the littlest of my capacity to express myself in English, I tried to communicate how writers (or maybe only I) of Lit.Org or of any other literary site could feel when they witness with some goings-on in their cyber-community a resemblance of the real world. One could simply shrug their shoulders and say “I’m already having just the right amount of THIS in real life!” Jan 2005

We Are The Loneliest Souls
(an Ode)

We are the loneliest souls
when we choose to walk
this Valley of Poets
we leave the planet
we pack our things
we carry our quills
and writing tablets
we know we are the loneliest of souls—
we look back on our lives,
at our dreams
at our illusions
and pull a portion to share
at every gathering’s dinner buffet—
so we could all sup on each other’s tears
or laughter
or adventures
or misfortunes,
we are the loneliest of souls.

We are the loneliest souls
when we peek in through teary-eyed
for a husband cheated
or a daughter is sick
or a parent has died
or a brother is unkind
or a friend simply walked away—
teary-eyed that we are happy
that love found us finally
when we were about to stop the search,
happy enough we could write a sonnet or two
though we knew no one would read—
so we peek in through this Valley of Poets
teary-eyed (We know we are
The loneliest of souls).

We are the loneliest souls
but not so much when we flock
when we build
when we discuss
when we prove
when we tend someone’s garden before bedtime
when we wake up unmindful of our morning coffee
because someone’s words are waiting to be gathered,
we know we are the loneliest of souls,
but not so anymore
as we think of each moment of our lives,
those we wink into permanence
portraits taken
for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

We are the loneliest souls
no more,


some hints of reality,
reminders of the cruel world
appear before us—
we return as fast to our earth
where we gladly, bitterly accept
we are indeed the loneliest,
the loneliest of souls!
(and so we leave the Valley,
we snuff out the little flame
of our tiny candle
the small light
of our microcosm).

crystal face I kiss
tongue tastes like sweet cold rain
I fall into pond

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The following comments are for "We Are The Loneliest Souls"

Loneliest Souls
Very well put and said and beautifully done.
Thank for this

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: November 4, 2006 )

both beautiful and necessary write this, naked truths impressively told. Lucie hits the nail on the head, alone yet equal... unity. well said.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: November 4, 2006 )

Poets are truly tortured, lonely souls... baring our very souls to others...wanting acceptance at any price...Your words are like music...Kacee

( Posted by: nitz kitty [Member] On: November 4, 2006 )

Of Muse and Motivation
We (poets) are singular souls, as well. Collectively, in community of Lit, we are not unlike world outside. Being eclectic array, unlike any 'real' community, save pehaps United Nations, there's friction to degrees.

Our muses are often universal. This lends to sense of oneness, at times.

Our motivations/intentions are varied. Just as in world outside, all are not honourable.

Entertaining read, on several levels.


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: November 5, 2006 )

Beautifully stated. Poet's are only lonely till we pour out the words that keep us cornered. Lit has always been just the place to do that. Love your voice my friend.


( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: November 6, 2006 )

Peter, so so well written,
what a joy to come here and read this, I find solace here, times I find I need to be alone, yet sharing of others. sometimes pulls me back down to being grounded, giving me a simple place to be that I can call my own.

Beautifully written, truths are always beautiful to read. Thanks so much for this bit of memorable writing.

Love it.


( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: November 6, 2006 )

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