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Feeling lonely is inclined

to overwhelm a fragile mind.

For it is so discomforting

and often all encompassing.


We’re even more precarious,

because we are gregarious.

We like to be in company,

preferably in harmony.


Some people find, if on their own

they feel abandoned and alone.

The less our social repertoire,

the more intense those feelings are.


Perceiving others keeping jolly,

whilst we are steeped in melancholy,

might intensify the anguish,

so in self pity we can languish.


It seems incomprehensible

for friends to be dispensable.

So when friends do not come about,

the mind might find it’s like a drought.


But some fly in the face of trends,

they see no need to race for friends.

They have an innate fortitude

to celebrate some solitude.


They think and meditate a lot,

appreciative of what they’ve got.

They’re not undone by anything,

for they’re at one with everything.


They do not feel abandonment,

whilst looking for enlightenment.

They have a cool, calm acumen,

and as a rule they practice Zen.




















 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

01.08.2014






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