David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

Sonnet 75: Solitude


Solitude that is now part of my life
Since my love was swiftly taken from me
It cuts through the joy of life like a knife
As for the future and what that will be?

The city with rows of married houses
Can be an empty place in which to dwell
And the High Street shops in which one browses
Can stifle and become a kind of hell.

But I have the dog and we go for walks
Along a soft sandy beach on warm days
Where with other dog owners I have long talks
And then go off on our separate ways.

You have to take all what life throws at you
With a positive heart for all things new.

Submitted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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  • Valsa George (8/14/2013 9:32:00 AM)

    I appreciate the way you fill your lonely hours! I can imagine how much you miss. Yet with such stoic acceptance, you face life, extracting the little pleasures life offers! A very candid expression of your mind when days sometimes lose their colourful tint and become blanched! ! (Report) Reply

  • Arnav Gogoi (8/13/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    Good writing. Being a writer of Shakespearean sonnets myself, I would love to try and emulate you. Help me in this pursuit. Appreciate the couplet. Nice expression of the very fact of life.... (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (8/12/2013 12:26:00 PM)

    you have to take what life throws at you. sure do, sometimes we don't like it but what is our choice, none. Just move on. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/12/2013 8:41:00 AM)

    Take life with a positive heart. David, I can feel your heart through this poem. Those loved by God go early and those who are left must live. Beautiful sonnet resonates all this. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/11/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem and with a good message, we have to take all what life throws at you with positivity. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Maria C. Costa (8/11/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    This is a heartfelt thread echoing some aspects of sadness due to the loss of the beloved. Fortunately, though, the poet gives us a joyful twist: his dog's company and the pleasure of walks along with a soft sandy beach on warm days.
    You've achieved a melodious thread whose last line is filled with hope, which is what we wish for you ahead.
    Maria (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (8/11/2013 7:34:00 AM)

    A great poem, solitude can be our friend, but it can also be
    our foe. But what we can have is our memories. (Report) Reply

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