The Freedom of Solitude

Judy Applegarth

Judy Applegarth

Not only the old
      are old
Nor only the young
Buried beneath age
      a heart beats
And with the beat
      a spirit stirs
Strike up any tune
      toes will tap
Old men still roll
      in meadows
Given that no one
      is watching
The young will stare
      out to sea
Given the freedom
      of solitude

“The longing for the dance stirs in the buried life.” ~ Stanley Kunitz


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to The Freedom of Solitude

  1. you are inside Schopenhauer’s mind, for he wrote:

    “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”


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