when alone is not lonely

when alone is not lonely

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

when alone is not lonely

 

 

 

i live just on the outskirts

of love,

blocks of likely sentiment

smiles, hugs,

winks

goodbyes till next time

 

my heart is unguarded

never locked

the solitude is safe enough

it's a short trip to passion

a hand to hold

lips to mingle

 

i live just on the outskirts

of love,

can almost see it from my blushed window

can hear it calling sometimes

i am tempted to take that short drive

 

but then, my quiet heart

opts

to close the blinds on the day

shield from the lights that call

 

open my can of seclusion

and take a welcome sip.

 

 

erin-cilberto

3/5/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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This requires a kiss blown from across the room to put in your shirt pocket for safekeeping. Thanks for the share J.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

aw thanks, Queenie....i have no pocket in my T-shirt, but i will roll up my sleeve and hold there..... read more
We all need our "alone time" so we can be at our best for together time. Well written, as always.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you, Wanda,
j.
Your final couplet is a masterpiece, j . But, perhaps might not go along with the word, 'Cheers' .

Having attenti ve ears available to hear the every day, arms to hold the every night.. and more.. that's where sharing and need m atter in relationships. Times some need m ore than their fair share, rightly, wrong ly. Times come/go questions asked, answers misunderstood. But seems to me that cho ice coems into everything. Sad however when the choices made are not yours. So sad, j.

Choice to give and share life is a heart and h ead led need.. however, yes?

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, em.
as insightful as ever.
j.
Sounds like a case of once bitten, twice shy. On the other hand, solitude can be a welcome alternative to the upheavals of passion. Probably best to wait until the bite marks heal before taking that drive.

Posted 2 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

thank you for your words, John,
j.
In quiet moments I love listening to the beat of my own heart fill my ears. I can fill myself with myself. Yes sir, I am enough. And if I must share this precious solitude with someone then he must come close to loving me as I love myself. Thanks for this poem. ❤️

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

i love your philosophy, Rania...it has taken me years and much experience with compromising to have .. read more
Rania

2 Months Ago

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Gee
Never ever been or felt lonely but felt truly alone both in hearing mum had passed and then again at her funeral, even though there were many gathered.
Quite like my own company for short periods but I grow bored of myself and need folk to pester.
Good morning Jacob, hope all is well stateside


Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Months Ago

i am still lonely for my folks, so i hear ya on that one.
but i can rest comfortably in my so.. read more
Living on the outskirts of love sounds like someone who has been done wrong and doesn’t want to get close again.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you, Poetic Beauty....
j.
Living on the “outskirts of love” is like living on the edge of a river.. Do we want or need to take the dramatic plunge? Or maybe it’s better to stay “safely” on land.. Jacob you raise a very thought-provoking point here. Alone and lonely are two very different things. As long as your heart is “unguarded”, you can always make a prison-break whenever ‘alone’ becomes too forbidding a jailer...

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

i like your insights, especially your last line philosophy...thank you, Annette,
j.
This is me, exactly . . . 98% of the time, loneliness never enters the picture, but when it does, I snap to my old patterns & expectations, dumb romantic scenarios that only heaped a wheelbarrow of grief & too late now to try again & blow another wad of heartwaves on it! Your poem best conveys how tempting it can be, feeling so close, but so far . . . (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

yes, no need to blow a wad of heartwaves...ever...
we can miss love, but do we really need it.. read more
Some are able to handle being alone and others can't abide their loneliness for a second. I have always been one of those who was comfortable alone...the thing is being able to open up to those who want to come in, if even for just a moment...to spread a little cheer or maybe even a bit of love.

There is a difference between alone and lonely...I suppose it's a matter of being comfortable in your own skin.
For me, a good book has always been the remedy for those bouts of loneliness.

A good write j.

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

and if we are comfortable in our aloneness.....
then we open up as we want, not as we need.read more
Ted Kniffen

3 Months Ago

Maybe the true trick is the ability to stand 'outside' to look in...or maybe that is what makes a wr.. read more

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jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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