I banned the word ‘loneliness’ from my

vocabulary and replaced it with ‘solitude’

solitude is so much better, much more bearable

self-imposed, intentional, pleasing, satisfying solitude

where I am not lonely but with my own self

where I have intense discussions with my ego

where I can evaluate my problems and faults

where I can be wrong, even obstinate

without repercussions or reprisals


wonderful, beautiful solitude

my voluntary retreat from mortality

protects me from the outside world

shields me from life’s noise and troubles

allows me to gaze out from my bubble

into the chaos, bedlam, and disarray

of the world outside


in my solitude I can create my own

universe, my own alternate reality

where I will never be lonely again

where I will be free from restraints

where my driving force will be spiritual

where love of self opens up my eyes and mind

where I can truly be who I was meant to be

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  • RDS

    A nice rhythmic essay of a poetic perspective. Many people might say they "...hate the idea of loneliness..." and compound negatives.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you RDS, being alone can be a good thing!

    • Doggerel Dave

      Got it. I'm there too - somewhere like that. Neatly done - thanks.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Dave, I guess we both know how it feels and how to make the best of it.

      • John Prophet

        Seems to be an age thing, but I see it more now than in younger days. The need to leave the chaos out of my sphere. Very good write...

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks John, yes I think you are right. It seems to have something to do with age.

        • Goldfinch60

          Very true words Fred, so much can be seen and accomplished in solitude.


          • FredPeyer

            Thanks Andy,
            yes it is nice sometimes to shut oneself off from outside influences and listen to the inner self.

          • orchidee

            Good write Fred.
            You forgot a line? Here it is:
            'Where I can escape Orchi's singing forever'. heehee.

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks orchie, since I am tone-death your singing doesn't bother me at all!

            • L. B. Mek

              solitude is a useful tool
              indeed, often a gateway to wisdom's intent..
              though, it should never be idealised above that truth: where we spend our lives searching for that rare
              true friend
              to share ourselves - unfiltered, with..
              a reassuringly warm and empowering read, dear Poet

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks so much L.B.
                Your insightful comment is really appreciated.

              • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

                Woww awesome idea!! Solitude sounds far more poetic, independent and great than loneliness indeed. Your entire poem conveys that fabulously. Kudos!!!

                Plz do read and comment my newest poem too.

                • FredPeyer

                  Mahalo for your kind comment. Will do!

                • Goddess of the Mist

                  It is a remarkable strength - to enjoy our own company 🙂

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks G M, if you cannot enjoy your own company I guess you are sh.. out of luck!

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