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10 people

10 people, all alone
the man standing in the park
watching families play like his used to
the lady driving her car, smoking her cigarette
hoping no-one will notice her
the cleaner, drawn and withered
wondering if his dog will sit with him tonight
the accountant, sore neck muscles, clenched teeth
thinking of his cavernous home that now carries deafening silence
the old man, stooped, wearing the jacket
that the love of his life used to tenderly iron for him
the teenage boy, clutching his skateboard
like a defence against his peers who know he has no friends
the whistling man, pretending to the world that all is well
occasionally flicks his eyes to see if anyone’s noticed him yet
the little girl, sitting on the edge of her garden fence
singing a song that drowns out the raised voices inside her house
the lady on the bench, nonchalantly drinking her takeaway coffee
..the one she was too embarrassed to drink alone in the shop
the man with the hat, who sits on his bench every day
drinking his bottle of soft drink and waving at strangers for company
Look to the left, look to the right
there’s 10 more people, 100 people, 1000 people
all alone, not talking, just pretending
alone in a crowd
of lonely people.

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  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithalmost 5 years ago

    thats beautiful Trish, a sad indictment on todays society but beautiful all the same.

  • danielklaas
    danielklaasalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful observation of life in general Trish. We are not alone, but alone at the same time.

  • Kevin McGeeney
    Kevin McGeeneyalmost 5 years ago

    wow, does this speak volumes…..and the need for human connection…..

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyeralmost 5 years ago

    Yes… and most of us find it ‘too hard’ to even see them – and just close our eyes and walk on…
    K xx

  • Enivea
    Eniveaalmost 5 years ago

    Well done Trish, one of your best.♥

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    You paint a sad picture Trish though I’ve often said that one can be the loneliest in a crowd. It’s too bad that wherever we are, fear now keeps us from connection and communication. Rugged individualism has led to incredible loneliness – who speaks now to the stranger on the street or in the park? Who even smiles at someone? Very insightful and thought provoking Trish – well done!

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