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.
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.
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