For my prompt at Wednesday Muse and for the Wednesday Motif at Poets United – Solitude


“Don’t be afraid to walk alone. Don’t be afraid to like it.” Zhangjiajie

walking through the woods alone
I revel in the sounds of the woods –
birds, leaves rustling, small creatures scrabbling.
I hug the solitude to me
like I would a lover.


copyright kanzensakura


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gillena cox
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 16:30:29

    Luv the last image, where solitiude becomes to the persona do intimate

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  2. Sherry Blue Sky
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 16:58:33

    Oh YES! That is EXACTLY the feeling! Perfection, Toni.


  3. Myrna
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 17:05:25

    Nice. I like your picture and the personification of solitude. It is indeed a great lover.


  4. Carrie V. H.
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 17:20:56

    Oh Toni, I love those last two lines. Totally gorgeous! I love this!


  5. magicalmysticalteacher
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 18:08:29

    Solitude–the best of lovers!


  6. Ed Rigg
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 18:47:53

    Captured to peferection, Toni, the last two lines in particular got to me . . 🙂


  7. Wild Child47
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 20:55:03

    the scrabbling, the scurrying, rustling in the woods, as life unfolds, in the silence for it all – the companion of solitude becomes indeed, like a comforting and intimate love affair and treasured lover –

    so well expressed, those last two lines really clinched it Toni 🙂

    and thanks so much for deciding to begin a new prompt – how delightful 🙂


  8. Marja
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 21:11:55

    I feel as if I was there Absolutely love “I hug the solitude to me
    like I would a lover.”


  9. Khaya Ronkainen
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 04:14:22

    Short and delightful! A walk out in the woods is one of my favourite, for a dose of solitude.


  10. oldegg
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 05:03:14

    I love doing that myself, but better than that is to sit down quietly in the forest and and witness everything return to normal and come alive again.


  11. Suzanne
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 06:03:14

    I like the image of hugging solitude like a lover.


  12. merrildsmith
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 06:40:51

    Lovely. There is something magical about it.


  13. sarahsouthwest
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 07:58:45

    That is beautiful. The internal contrast of solitude as a lover is excellent.

    Thanks to you I am now reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North, trying to get to the nub of the haibun. Thought you might like to know…thank you for the inspiration.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:47:53

      Oh Sarah! I am so very glad to hear this. I am sure you have already noticed the difference. There are several different translations out there but to be honest, they are all good. Enjoy it. It is truly a seminal work. I wish more people would read it.

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  14. Vicki
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:29:10

    This is really beautiful, Toni. I enjoyed doing the promt but I messed up and only wrote four lines. I’ll have to pay better attention next time. 🙂


  15. Magaly Guerrero
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:35:04

    I’m enchanted by the 4th line. I can see the speaker’s face glowing with delight, embraced solitude has such a warming effect on the soul. Also, I can totally relate. 🙂


  16. Anonymous
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 14:04:35

    This is Bliss…
    Pretty lines, …such kinds of solitude is huggable undoubtedly!!


  17. Panchali
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 14:24:17

    From panchali…


  18. kim881
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 14:28:16

    I can picture you striding through the woods, hugging that solitude to you like a favourite jumper, and then climbing a tree to play your violin!


  19. Vivian Zems
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 18:37:14

    This is the kind of solitude I adore!


  20. susanstoo
    Mar 29, 2019 @ 00:24:50

    A worthy lover! A nd to be unafraid there is a gift.


  21. himanigupta023
    May 14, 2019 @ 07:12:37

    Nature lover😊


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