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by Bobbi Ann Duffy

Friday, May 08, 2009
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This is one of the poems from my book Songs of Survival: Life is a Journey. I think some of you may remember it, but with all the new members I thought it might be a good time to repost it.


Darkness awaits me
Behind a door called loneliness
At the end of the hall.
It stalks my days
Waiting to welcome me
Into the coldness again.
Its goal--to chill my rest
With memories of the warmth
I can only feel in my dreams
Of what life used to be like
Before you left.

It calls to me like a siren’s song
Casting a spell of longing.
It tempts me to embrace
Its bittersweet melody,
And make it my anthem.
To hold it close and make it mine.
To sip it like a vintage wine
Whose dregs invest the soul
With forgetfulness
Of what love is.

But my soul repels its grasping claws.
Fervid by what used to be
I refuse any destiny so bleak.
I will continue to search
For my mated soul without human relent
For the choice is mine and the way is clear
As long as I have breath
The knob can rattle and the song can shatter the air,
But my hand will not open the door
To loneliness and despair.


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Reviewed by Eugene Williams 10/27/2009
again very very good writers truly are born cant learn this thanks take care
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/9/2009
I refuse any destiny so bleak.
I will continue to search

I do love the attitude that you express and share via your verses here, Bobbi. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by John Domino 7/4/2009
This is an excellent poem that paints a vivid picture. Being lonely is no FUN. Well done!

Reviewed by Jackson Aniefiok 6/29/2009
narrative. thanks for this lovely work
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/9/2009
Great job Bobbi! So much emotion in your words. Loneliness is such a terrible disease. I guess we all open the door at some point in our lives. But I prefer to slam it shut!

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 5/17/2009
Bee there done that and don't ever want to do it again. I didn't like the emotions then and I certainly won't like them now. This is a really well written and emotional poem. I have opened that door to loneliness and despair many times, but lately I have been able to enjoy wha life I have left. That's what family and friends are for; tolighten our mood and help us forget the troubled past. Thank you for sharing Bobbi, this is a real winner.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love and who love you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 5/10/2009
This is an incredible poem. Sometimes it's so easy to isolate, which then only begins the vicious cycle of more loneliness, more despair, further isolation. Beautiful use of words here. Be good.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/8/2009
Been there, done that, got the loneliness T-shirt and since used it for a car washing rag...ed
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/8/2009
Those opening the door to loneliness are for a sad treat!


Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/8/2009
You have captured what loneliness feels like! I have visited those halls many a nights..
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/8/2009
Very nicely done and well worth reposting, this gives strength to people who may be struggling on the border and desparatedly trying to keep that door shut...

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