I have always felt a sense of disconnectedness

a part of everything but strangely separate

I feel encased in my being and body

of a different mind with a unique spirit

Kith and kin are supposedly closer than most

but I share so little with them save blood ties

I am alone, I am completely solitary

no one can see or understand as I do

Alienation and isolation are forever present

in the midst of a mighty gathering I remain alone

I view the world from within my own camera

moods affect my relationships with others

I am mostly incompatible with those about me

Those I admire and like stand apart from me

I know that lonliness is my condition

and shared by those I encounter daily

We are individuals, differently made

constructs of something other than ourselves

Those for whom I have some affinity

cannot reach or touch the real me

I remain unkown

There are times when I yearn for the touch 

of genuine love, intellectual parity and a

sharing of desires and passions

These are elusive as we seek of other

things and do so in isolation

It is from birth to death our destiny

to live lives where we are often in conflict

Times when we are in love or sad

Possessed of anger or other emotions

At the end as at the beginning we

remain alone in a vacuum of separateness

◄ Enraged

The Two Valleys ►


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keith jeffries

Fri 12th Jan 2018 21:47

Hannah & Desmond,
Thank you for kind comments. As always they are much appreciated. Keith

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Hannah Collins

Fri 12th Jan 2018 18:25

This is a stunning poem, sad and brave.
I should imagine many would feel this but would be unable to express in such an eloquent way.


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Thu 11th Jan 2018 20:55

Hi Keith
Some interesting ideas in this, as ever very well put across and plenty food for thought here. Well done mate.

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keith jeffries

Wed 10th Jan 2018 16:25

MC. Thank you for your interesting comment. It is much appreciated. Keith

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 10th Jan 2018 16:02

Certainly stimulating in its view of life and our often
uncertain place in so-called society.
Lonely is a state of mind more than body...existing when one feels alienated from others. It is not the same as
solitary which extends into a preferred state of mind as
well as body. The trick is to understand and accept what
relates to one's own existence.
In the wider animal world there are species which live a
solitary existence, with no sign of seeking to do
otherwise. The human species can learn from that and use the lesson to its advantage through self-acceptance.
If we are not content in our own company we cannot hope to be content in the company of others.
To think otherwise is self-delusion and perhaps causes much of the misery in human relationships...especially in
formalised arrangements like marriage.

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Michael Rios

Wed 10th Jan 2018 02:34

I can relate inpart to this myself. Thank you for sharing this. I would think at some point in life we all feel like a tiny flicker of light in the night sky to someone looking up (an outsider) we might seem to be a blinket of stars however we see the massive distance between our positions in the cosmos it’s all a matter of perception. Thank you again I have enjoyed reading your work

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keith jeffries

Tue 9th Jan 2018 22:31

Kevin, thanks for this. People generally regard one another superficially. Family, friends and work colleagues come to know one but not in any real depth. In response to this we tend to behave in a way to meet the expectations of others and not be who we really know ourselves to be. We are locked into ourselves and only reveal what we want others to know. I hope this makes some sense. When we withdraw from others we do so as someone not fully known. Thank you again Kevin for a useful and appreciated comment. Keith

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kJ Walker

Tue 9th Jan 2018 21:51

It really surprises me that you feel this way Keith. I would have guessed that you were a person who others gravitated to. If I've read it right, it's about not making that connection, even when closely surrounded by friends and family. Sorry if I'm wrong.


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keith jeffries

Tue 9th Jan 2018 21:41

Ted, thank you for this comment. I really appreciate it. Keith

Chuma Teddy Mg

Tue 9th Jan 2018 21:14

Bravo Keith, Bravo! Even if bravo, feels a bit out of place with this poem's tone, I am all the same impressed and most importantly touched.

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