Saturday, January 4, 2020

Say It Again Without Meaning

In the moonless cage of gravity
the rusted wings of the canary
circle platitude’s corpse singing,
“Solitude doesn’t require a handmaid.”

Alone and lonely aren’t identical twins
nurtured at the breast of your perceptions.

Apparitions of every dishonest emotion
root on your tongue growing poison
from the rotted useless you feed them.

©Susie Clevenger 2020

Inspired by a Skylover wordlist


  1. I resonate with "alone and lonely arent twins"...... and I so admire the phrase "apparitions of every dishonest emotion."

  2. This poem is so resonant with feelings of entrapment. The central couplet is immense in its vision, and the whole is a most stunning piece of poetry.
    Thank you for using ALL the words from the Skylover Wordlist!

  3. Alone and lonely are so different... as everything else in life it all come down to choices I think

  4. solitude does require a bath from time to time.

  5. This is amazing writing full of truth and bravely spoken. I love it!

  6. What a great write! Love, love your last stanza--