To leave your loneliness

This probably isn’t your typical New Years post. However, loneliness is something everyone experiences in their life. Unfortunately many feel it particularly around this time of the year. Don’t forget to spread cheer wherever you go. Maybe someone can outride their loneliness for a little while.

The poem below describes escaping from it beautifully.

The Rider

by Naomi Shihab Nye1952

A boy told me

if he roller-skated fast enough

his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him,

the best reason I ever heard

for trying to be a champion.

What I wonder tonight

pedaling hard down King William Street

is if it translates to bicycles.

A victory! To leave your loneliness

panting behind you on some street corner

while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,

pink petals that have never felt loneliness,

no matter how slowly they fell.

 

 

xxx Jedidiah

P.S. This poem was originally found on poets.org     Link: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/rider#

It was originally written in Naomi’s 1998 book, Fuel,  which can be purchased here

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