Most constant friend

Do not abandon your loneliness
It is your most constant
and loyal friend.

It was there
entering your lungs
when first you drew breath
in the blinding, hostile din
of the birthing room.
It is there
lingering in your ribcage
while alone in a crowd
or ruminating in bed
beside your slumbering lover.
It will be there
attending your death rattle
leaving only when you exhale
one last time.

You may ignore your loneliness
starve it
shut it outside during a rainstorm
keeping the warm hearth for yourself.
It will wait on your porch
like a drenched and famished dog
for the inevitable moment
when fate or folly
blows the doors off your
house of pride
once again.
Then an angry, mistrustful dance
will resume
all muddied, matted fur and
snapping, needy jaws.

Befriend your loneliness.
Keep it well-fed and watered.
Provide shelter and room to roam.
Take it for walks
among lilies and tombstones.

Call it by its proper name.
Never abandon your loneliness
for it is unwise to mistreat a friend
who will always return
and whose company
offers reliable, safe haven
from greater harm
and clamor.

© S. Rinderle, 4/20/20

4 thoughts on “Most constant friend

  1. Exquisite, Susana!

    Takes my breath away!
    You are in a sublime creative frenzy!

    I hope you will bring a poem or two
    to our next Fixed and Free online reading, on May 28!

    With warm thoughts of love
    and respect for your self expression,

    Billy

  2. Yes! What a perfect visual – that muddy, snapping dog – for something so loyal and adoring as our loneliness. You make befriending that constant guest seem almost sweet – a beautiful, life-affirming invitation.

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