Solitude Series II

Solitude Series II

A Poem by steppenwolf

Lost in the library


Solitude Series II




There were always teams and group projects

Parties and dancing and dates

As if you could thwart the fates

And not end up alone.

Mother groans

And shepherds you along

She sings a song

Of warning, but of hope.

If you chatter enough

If you look pretty enough

You won’t hear the leaves fall

You won’t hear the howling call

Of the wolf in the forest.



In the main branch of the Carnegie Library

Across from the University of Pittsburgh’s

Cathedral of learning

A soul is burning

Yearning to be free. Free!

That’s the main thing.

The trickle of a spring

All will be remembering

The smell of Murphy’s floor wax

In the adult reading rooms

To some a noxious fume

To others a sweet perfume

That tells you that you’re safe

Others chafe

At being cooped up here

With nothing to do

But you know you’ve won

You can read, you can wander

Look at dinosaur bones

Dance to the tones

Of an inner dance band

That’s playing its heart out

And the singer is singing

I’m alone.





© 2014 steppenwolf

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I liked the first part more than the second. Thank you for writing this series. It is really interesting. I actually felt very nice when I thought of the lines "As if you could thwart the fates

And not end up alone." I felt this way because I know that sometimes it is not in our hands to not be alone. Thus, I want to say bravo to you because you expressed it in such nice way.

Posted 6 Years Ago

I really like this...almost feels as if the speaker is trying to talk herself into feeling happy that she is alone...yes, safe maybe...but safe isn't always good...I played it that way for many years in between divorces...and almost convinced myself I was better off...

but that library is awfully quiet, and too often we can hear our heart think!

Posted 6 Years Ago

Lupus Kaos

6 Years Ago

I totally agree with you. Safe isn't always good.

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Added on January 2, 2014
Last Updated on January 2, 2014



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