Posted by Ben Naga
Fearing to venture
The other side of the fence
We are never known
Posted on January 29, 2015, in Senryu and tagged Alone, Belief, Fear, Life, Relationships, Senryu, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
There is a peacefulness in the unknowing or revealing
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For who is waiting to be recognised?
Just close our eyes and leap.
One may choose to be cautious rather than reckless when deciding to leap in a specific situation. Leaping blind could be seen as foolish rather than courageous, don’t you think? 🙂
I’m not sure that I could live without solitude anymore. I’ve been blessed with it for so long now.
Yes, some folk love it. And you don’t have to wish to be a nun or a hermit either. 🙂 I certainly enjoy my times of solitude, but I also like spending time with (some) other people. Not being known is one of the drawbacks of a complete life of solitude of course, and feedback from others can be helpful at times.
I see friends and family but they all know me well enough to know that my need for time alone really is a need, and not just my wanting to get away from them.
Thoughtful and considerate. You are blessed. 🙂
Sometimes we need those moments of solitude to gather together our strength for the crowded ones we as soon to face..
Have a Peaceful weekend Ben
Certainly true. Have a peaceful weekend yourself, Sue. 🙂
I love my time going on adventures while in my solitude but the need for connections are strong also. It is a tug in both directions, preferring one to the other. Interaction is sometimes a way to revitalization but reflection during moments of solitude also teaches us what we need and want to know and what we want to be and become.
Having reflected on the comments on this piece, I have come to the conclusion I should have entitled it “LONELINESS”. That would probably have given folk a clearer idea of what I was attempted to say.
Now. LONELINESS is a viewpoint most find difficult. Some get use to it. Others seek to escape it. I go with ALONENESS but not the above. They may meet at times but it is far better to be ALONE than LONELY. But even it has meaning and the ability to teach us much.
I agree. I think my poem is about overcoming one’s fears of connection/intimacy. IT doesn’t say that being fearful is wrong. It simply points out the consequences and hints at the underlying double blnd.
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