Alone, not lonely. #Symetrelle #poetry

Eugi’s weekly

Alone but never lonely

In the shadows, watching rays so bright
Afraid to be seen, entwined with night

Isn’t it enough to feel all emotions
but only stay intimate with own passions
To care when needed but hoard all devotion
Embracing within, answers to my questions

Seen reflections of what could, and might
The things only I can answer right

Alone but never lonely

#whatdoyousee

This family came to me

Not through blood or heart, but from afar
For my wailing calls met no answer

As I reached for souls so near yet beyond me
All my smattering summons, not meant to be
Yet still I heard the call, climbed the hills to see
And I changed, and I became, I paid the fee

I now find home in feelings bizarre
Epiphanies from peace’s reservoir.

This family came to me

#tankatuesday

There is no law that binds one person to one family
and there are many kinds of ‘family’
For if family is home, then even the loneliest can find home within themselves.
We can be alone, and yet never lonely.

#writephoto

©judeitakali


I wrote this from a number of my favourite prompts. Please click the image captions to join in on the fun.

The deeper underlying theme on our concepts of loneliness is aligned with Reena’s xploration challenge, and the theme of family came from Caley’s writephoto.

I wrote these two combined Symetrelle poems for Colleen’s syllabic challenge. Below is the structure of a symetrelle:

poetscollective

Still unable to visit most of your blogs because my final round of exams is this week. I can respond to comments though so feel free to share your thoughts.

Stay safe everyone, stay loving.

79 responses to “Alone, not lonely. #Symetrelle #poetry”

  1. I think to be at home within oneself is the definition of inner peace!

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    1. Probably to a certain degree, though there is a distinction between comfort, and home. Reena’s video prompt mentioned each of us having different personalities. It made me think that we may just have a whole family there within us😅

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      1. That’s a very good point too! 😅

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  2. Seen reflections of what could, and might
    The things only I can answer right

    The truth we know but refuse to acknowledge…

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    1. Alas, you’re right. Some truths just seem insurmountable at times.😥

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  3. Alone but not lonely. Beautiful words, Jude

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    1. Hey Michaela. Happy to hear from you. Thank you.❤

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  4. A beautiful poem Jude. You’ve combined so many prompts to create a lovely message. Thanks for joining in

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    1. Thank you so much Sadje. I had a peek at your site and there’s so much current content there that I want to read. Just one more week.💜

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      1. Thanks a lot Jude

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  5. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Alone, not lonely ..
    by Jude Itakali

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  6. Jude, this is stunning work. I love your sentiments. The form looks incredibly difficult, but you make it look so easy. Good job! 💜💚💛

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    1. Thank you so much, Colleen. I have found in this exam period that the complex forms of poetry, on top of feeding my soul as all writing does, help to sharpen my mind. So a complex form every now and then is a benefit more than distraction.

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      1. We’ll bravo to you. It was fabulous! 💜

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  7. This is a combination of some stunning poems Jude, and the pictures are so beautifully captured.

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    1. Hey Daph, always so good to see you here. Thank you so much for the appreciation. The prompt photos are always great.

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      1. You’re most welcome Jude! Ah yes they are and yours complement them brilliantly.

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  8. Beautifully crafted using most of the prompts.👌
    I heard about this symetrelle form for the first time. You are very much talented, Jude 🤷

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    1. Hey Jane, good to see you. I have not got around to some of your other comments but I’m eager to do so and will respond within this week. You can give the symetrelle a try, if you dare😎
      After this week, my next post is our collaboration post so please try to schedule it for next week Tuesday on your blog. I’ll send you a suggested topic later today.

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      1. Hi Jude, OK. That is understandable. Sure, I’ll try – symetrelle form. I like to take courage. Glad to hear about the collaboration. Shall we do it on your blog? I don’t know how to do it or you explain it to me. 🙆

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        1. Actually I’ll get in touch on monday when my exams are finished. Thinking of a way to make the collab unique will require a few minutes of a free-er mind.

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          1. Well, you take your time. Exams are yours first priority….. I agree with you. I too think that everyone has a different personality so I want to make it unique.

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  10. Alone but not lonely is an intriguing thought especially in connection with your comment to Ingrid

    “Probably to a certain degree, though there is a distinction between comfort, and home. Reena’s video prompt mentioned each of us having different personalities. “It made me think that we may just have a whole family there within us😅”.

    I feel each of us has multiple personalities and undeniably we have a whole family within us. Mainly because from moment to moment, our feelings change. We can go from enjoying being alone to being lonely in a matter of seconds.

    Thank you for introducing me to the symetrelle form of poetry.

    Bravo!

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    1. You’re very right. Even for introverts, there must be an outlet every now and then. We can be alone most of the time but for it to be feasible, i agree we need pockets of interaction. In my own experience I find the limit for being alone before I begin craving company is roughly 10days, average is a week.

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      1. It’s finding a balance that’s suitable for ourselves.

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  11. Because of all those people that we are, at different times, we may be alone but never lonely! Jude, what a lovely write encapsulating that thought and of course, the seamless weaving of all those prompts! Bravo and best of luck. 💙👍🏼

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    1. Thank you so much Punam. Eugi in her comment above reminded me that even for those at peace with being alone, every now and then there must be some form of close interaction or sharing. Writing is a good way but even it can’t fill the void forever.

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      1. I do agree with her.That physical interaction is important, the pandemic did remind us.
        You are welcome.

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  12. Beautiful poems, Jude! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Yvette. I am actually very interested in your thoughts on being alone. Your books are very intriguing.

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      1. As an extroverted introvert, I am very comfortable being alone. I spend many weekends alone when my son is with my ex-husband, and I rarely, if ever, feel lonely. When I want social interaction, I have a few friends I can reach out to. I live a very busy life, so I’m sure that helps as well. I embrace solitude because I enjoy my own company, especially now that I have a better handle on my anxiety. 🙂

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        1. It is good to be able to enjoy one’s own company. Sometimes I look at texts or meet new people in my forays into socializing, which I’m actually quite adept at doing, but once I’m on my own, there’s this energy that fizzes through me. I think maybe because I find home in the creative industry nd I’m actively in it, and I do it best on my own.

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  13. Astute observations Jude. (K)

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    1. Thank you so much K. Just pondering😁 and perhaps my subconscious was contemplating out loud.

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      1. I think that often shows up in poetry.

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  14. If no-one else, at least I have my characters to keep me company!
    A deep and well-crafted piece, Jude – would we expect anything less? Good luck with those exams 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Chris. Thank God for those characters. I hold them dear, even when some die for the cause😥

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  15. This is beautiful, Jude. So well-crafted. I loved the tie-in to Sadje’s WDYS prompt too, very clever. Good luck with your exams. Thank you so much for joining in with #writephoto. KL ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Caley. 💜

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      1. You’re most welcome. KL ❤️

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  16. This is stunning writing, Jude – each poem a masterpiece.


    David

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    1. Thank you so much, Ben.

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  17. You did a great job with all the prompts, Jude. I love this 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Harmony.

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  18. Very impressive all of the prompts absolutely smashed 💜

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    1. Thank you so much, Willow😇.

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  19. A challenging form but excecuted beautifully Jude.. enjoyed very much.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally.

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    1. Thank you so much, D.A💜.

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  20. Each of us has a different personality, attitude, and reacting ability. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you so much, Indira.

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      1. My pleasure, dear.

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  21. This one really resonates with me. It’s beautiful, Jude!

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    1. Thank you so much Melanie. I’m glad it does.

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  22. i wonder how can someone became so much consistent about his work….. loved your posts😊😊😊 thanks to entertain us
    Please also check my page hope you all will love it❤❤💙

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    1. Thank you so much. I will check in after this week.🙏🏾

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  24. HI Jude, lovely poetry as always. I hope your exams are going well.

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    1. Hi Robbie. I think they went well.

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  25. i love your three poems Jude.. but i have a favorite the first one..

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle. Interesting favourite.🧐

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    1. Thank you kindly.🙏🏾

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  27. Love this poem! I’m learning new types of poetry everyday!

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    1. Thank you so much. There’s so much out there, I’ve barely scratched the surface myself.

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  28. Beautiful thoughts, Jude! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Susi.

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      1. You’re very welcome, Jude! 🙂

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  29. A deeply thoughtful collection from your 💗

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