(One)

Isolation is not singular.

It is not about one.

It is about what’s there.

It is about what’s left.

.

When you’re reaching out

The parts of you that begin to yearn

For recognition curl outwards

Wing-like arms, searching

For something tangible to hold

So you can be named.

.

Yet, since you have never done this before

Never got to know the world

In turn, the world does not know you either.

.

That is why, my friend

When you expand, the world shrinks

Away from your touch

Recoils from your expectant gaze

.

You don’t know if you are the one

Who’s difficult to understand, or

In those years of self-confinement

Ignorance and stubbornness

The world has drifted away

From your small, insignificant kingdom

That little piece of your sky seems

Hopelessly drab and redundant

And the clouds hang down

With a solemn face

.

Are you alone in your world?

Or are you alone in theirs?

Are you simply situated

In the wrong place and time, or

Are you misplaced amidst everything right?

.

Have you isolated yourself

Isolated your mind, and thus your body

Or are they the ones

Who isolated you?

By K.T.

(wrote this while riding the skytrain)

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4 comments

  1. Kim · July 21, 2010

    Thanks for visiting! 🙂 Skytrains (mysteriously) tend to be a place of inspirations. Some people even might question if it is the ideal place to write since it’s so wobbly and noisy. But writing fits in perfectly. It’s like a totally different world.

    Anyways. I’m babbling. Thanks again. 🙂

  2. B. R. Belletryst · July 20, 2010

    I’m isolated. I’m trying to figure it out, so this poem helped me realize the situation better.

    The romantic image of someone writing a poem on SkyTrain is pretty significant too.

    But I also have an affinity with Trains.

    Great poem, Kim; Keep writing.

  3. Kim · July 14, 2010

    Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  4. Carol Ann Hoel · July 14, 2010

    Intriguing. Think I may have been there.

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