The Happy Hermit


It’s true I’ve shared my home
With a few folk over the years
And no real disasters as such
So I’m happy to reminisce

It always kind of happened
No big plans, no schemes
(OK, once or twice, to add
A “benefit” to a friendship)

Never under urgent pressure
To solve a cash-flow problem
But simply the flow of time
Of fate and circumstance

So since the family home
And other than when married
I have always lived alone
Come rain or sunshine

Sleep in the afternoon? Fine!
Stay up till all hours? No probs!
Make and break all the rules
Free as a bird … Free as the wind

A few moments of loneliness, yes
But in the end – or at least for me
You just can’t beat living alone
I remind myself “Allein ist am besten”

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on April 4, 2013, in Poetry, Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. this is amazing Ben.. I love you. πŸ™‚

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    • Now it is me that is amazed. It’s just a bit of prose broken into lines, thrown together in half an hour. (I’m a VERY slow typist. πŸ™‚ ) It’s nothing I feel especially proud of. As for the rest of your comment, I’d be happy to ask you to move in with me if you wish, but I’m sure my wife would not be πŸ˜›

      On a more serious note, would you be wiling to tell me what it is about this piece that you like so much? I would love to know.


  2. Beautiful Ben, WordPress should pay you for this! πŸ˜‰

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  3. I have to say Ben, I agree with you here. You really can’t beat living alone. I’m actually enjoying it quite nicely, but the anxiety of not knowing if I will be staying here or not come next lease signing season puts me in a frustrated place at times. I guess I really shouldn’t complain πŸ˜‰ I like the flow of this, but the end all message here tells me, I should just enjoy it while I can. πŸ˜‰

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  4. As usual, this poem of yours made me smile. I’ll tell you why I liked it: because it felt ‘real’ and like it just tripped out, all of its own accord, from your happy heart :-). I’m not surprised that it only took you half an hour – and I mean that to be complimentary – as I think a lot of our best work is our most honest work; expression of who we really are without polish or gilt on the edges. Does that make sense?

    Great write, Ben!

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    • Yes, it makes perfect sense, Angela, although I would be hard pressed to say whether I would esteem more highly the poems that just fall out or those I have to spend a while wrestling with. I feel as it is not me who is fully in control anyway: hence the “Gifts from the Musey Lady and Me. ” headline.

      And thank you for the compliment. πŸ™‚


  5. Loved the poem, Ben. I think if we can be content with our current circumstances whether we live alone or with others, we do well.

    Like you, usually writing involves time, work, struggle for me. Once in a while, when ideas come quick, I try to take advantage of the situation and get down as much as possible. πŸ™‚

    I like your β€œGifts from the Musey Lady and Me” headline.

    All the best to you whether your poem is fiction or not. After that first comment where you pull out a wife, I’m not sure…but it doesn’t matter. I like the poem either way! πŸ™‚

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  6. Whether alone, with another – a small or large family. Happy is the key!
    Nice write. Stay HAPPY πŸ™‚

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  7. Ah, yes, sometimes lonely, but even so ‘alone is best’, I agree 100%.

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