Virtually Reality

It became black.
Then I stood in a large crowded room.
There were so many people dancing in couples;
There were so few who were alone.
Those who were alone
Either asked another lonely one to dance
Or waited and watched.
Soon, everyone, except for two couples and me,
Were dancing near the center of the room,
While the five of us watched them from the edges.

I saw a beautiful young lady and headed her direction.
Then, a pretty-boy gentleman asked her to dance,
And they were gone—
Mixed in with the crowd.
She was the one I had most desired to dance with.
But now she’s gone—
A new song started.
Those two were in the very center of the room.
A red spotlight had suddenly shone upon them when it started.

The other two couples togethered themselves—
But even that became an illusion in my mind.
Then everyone left in pairs.
I was the only one left—

Blackness again.

Someone sad and lonely appeared.
Tears rolled down her cheeks.
She rested her head on my shoulder when I came to ease the pain.
We held our ground of compassion—
Until the rise of the flood evaporated.
Then, as we tried to kiss each other,
She disappeared the split second before we touched.


Then the room again.
The others had left long ago.
I was still there—
Backed up against a corner
With sad and lonely tears rolling down my cheeks.

More black!

I awoke in the center of the room,
Expecting to dance underneath the spotlight.
I’m the center of this attention.
I’m the only attention—
For I’m one,
And as lonely as I’ll ever be.

Russ Clement

Virtually Reality


Knoxville, United States

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my recurring dance with loneliness…
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