The Lonely

The Lonely

A Poem by Leigh Green

We are the lonely and together we stand
We crowd the streets, we are all around
We are the lonely and do not know how
To talk to each other, our minds won’t allow

Social constraint and too much stress
Make us lead the life of utter loneliness
If we could only stop to say hello
Then hell would go just by adding an ‘o’

We are the lonely, we do not speak
We are not elite, we are the many, the meek
On an average day we go out to work
We get our heads down and do not shirk

And then at night we go home to cold TV
There is no noisy you watching, only silent me
At night we dream of meeting a good friend
A problem to share, the boiler to mend.

Amelia Runcorn lies cold in her grave
No one misses her and what she gave
She lived alone on the forgotten estate
Seeing out her time with no one to relate

Dominic Lithgowe lived across the way
Every evening he’d close his eyes and pray
But gods don’t listen, they are rarely there
They leave hopeful pleas hanging in mid-air

Every face tells a story, every line a regret
A moment of hesitation, we try to forget
A chance swings by as real as concrete
Touching your senses, a feeling complete

When we were together in fields of light
We tasted the world and it felt so right
The sun stood high in its temple of sky
Blessing each one of us, telling us why

© 2018 Leigh Green



Author's Note

Leigh Green
My third book, Runner is complete and is available on Amazon

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I think this describes the lifestyle of more people than we know. Even people with families can feel this brand of solitude if the situation goes to pot or a significant other changes drastically over time into something bland or awful.

I think this is the best thing I've read here in a while. Well written, honest and relatable. . . good work.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Leigh Green

5 Months Ago

Thank you very much, you have related to my poem so well. There are many locked in loveless marriage.. read more
TKlittle

5 Months Ago

You're very welcome and so on and so on.
Leigh Green

3 Months Ago

Ha ha, yes - thanks again



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This is BEAUTIFUL, and I don't mean it in a patronising.
Half the time your poem best describes me, except with a good ending. Loneliness isn't ever a bad thing, it taught me to be me - if that even makes sense.
And no one ever is lonely - not forever, we've all got 'us' to keep us company. And good memories too. Everyone's got some, no matter how modest we try to be.
Really beautiful piece - and that ending:
Hope the blessings never leaves us, and I don't want to know why..

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


I think we have lost the art of conversation. Daily chit chat. Sometimes when I walk down my road and say good morning or hi, strangers look at me as though I'm unhinged. Your poem made me think of Eleanor Rigby, that wonderful song by the Beatles. I enjoyed this composition and the way you expressed yourself. Thank you.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


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This poem is so right in the world we live in. Nice poem!

Posted 2 Months Ago


I tend to be a bit antisocial, and this really did speak to me... makes one reflect on the life they lead. There's something powerful about forced introspection... Great write.

Posted 2 Months Ago


WOW ! This is one of the best poems I’ve read!
So well written, the flow of your words amazing!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece. :)

Posted 3 Months Ago


Leigh Green

3 Months Ago

Thank you for your review that is great to hear
it is strange when people are happy everyone feels like a friend, but when we are down we feel alone even when we are with people we know. Excellent piece

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Leigh Green

3 Months Ago

True, I agree, thanks for your comments :-)
I really love the second stanza, this is so good and written so well.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Leigh Green

3 Months Ago

Thank you very much - I am pleased
A well structured poem, interesting rhymes and a rhythm that suits the content. I think you portray the loneliness situation very well. Our society does seem to propagate this, many people living in isolation. You last verse gives the answer, and I hope to many people, it won't be 'were' but become 'are'. Good for you for writing this poem.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Absolute beauty!
In love with the piece.

Posted 3 Months Ago


This is the second one I have read today about "loneliness". A very good poem, every stanza told the deep truth of this condition. Thanks for posting this here at T.B.R.C.

Helena

Posted 4 Months Ago


Leigh Green

3 Months Ago

Thank you, it’s nice to be back
Helen Margaret Crutchett

3 Months Ago

I'm glad you're back! I, too, have had a long break....I think we need it from time to time. Looki.. read more

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