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A Solitary Life

How is it at the age of sixty I am still alone
Each day walking, eating, sleeping always on my own
How did I miss the partnership that most of us attain
My only walking partner seems to be my walking cane

I never had that many friends; I never quite fit in
Was never picked when picking sides by those who liked to win
I was more a quiet person sitting by myself
Never in the foreground like a book back on the shelf

And yet I have my attributes; I’m not a total bore
I do love writing poetry, whoever it is for
I like to walk and ride a bike and fish along a lake
I drink red wine on holidays and always like a cake

And yet I guess that’s not enough to occupy a spouse
Not enough for me to share my life or share my house
So I must trudge on silently and always all alone
Traveling a path that is uncertain and unknown
Towards a final victory or just a final end
Which may be years away or simply right around the bend

Either way I’ll look back on my life and know I had
A wonderful existence as a man and as a lad
I’ll look back on my solitary life and yes I’ll see
That life for me was more than prose; was more like poetry

Submitted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 10, 2013


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  • Valerie Dohren (10/1/2013 1:59:00 PM)

    I'm sure you are not alone Dick, you are a happy and fulfilled soul I believe. Very well written as always.

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  • Joseph Anderson (9/25/2013 3:19:00 PM)

    You apparently have had a very meaningful life as you so aptly expressed it. Stay with the poetrt,
    you are doing great

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