Quotable Poe Week Four-Lynn White

Lynn White – Quotable Poe week 4 – A man alone

Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

Self Contained

There used to be a man

who would sit here

on this bench

every day


at the view.

He was always alone.

He would stretch out his arms

across the back of the bench

so that he filled it,

completed it.

Though he was

always alone

there never seemed space

for anyone else

he seemed complete

in his aloneness


So there were no conversations,

or even “good mornings”.

He didn’t seem to need them.

So we all passed by.

And now

we can sit there

with the view,

with his view

and wonder where he is.

And wonder if he is still alone.

And wonder if he is lonely.

© 2019 Lynn White

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries…

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