WALKING OUT, APART

walked away

I am gone and out so don’t
Gaze at my disappearing silhouette
Smell my fragrant bed sheet
Wait for my returning shadow

May spend years building the house but I
Painfully exit at slightest call
Don’t longingly return at night
Never willfully return to same place

Because once I obsess it
Tirelessly tears me out
Radically redefines my existence
Shamelessly makes me a full-blooded vagrant

Count yourself special if I
Remember to say goodbye to you
Take the pains to warn you in this writing
Send a postcard from any phase of my life

You don’t know or remember me by the moments
Noisy in grooving parties or hearty laughs
Nostalgic over wine with movies, music or poetry
Peaceful around music and dead midnights

And I most certainly did not
Make myself this wild way
Look in my wardrobe one morning and
Pick out this personality to put on

Welcome me with half a heart when you see me
Handle me with one arm whilst I’m around
Smile with your lip through the moments we share
Kiss goodbye with a one-eyed tear drop when I leave

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BACKGROUND: This appears to be another tribute to the outcast. It is about relationships and human interaction and loss. I am a scientist still being amused and amazed by the concept of human interaction. Its biological basis alone is something to sit at dinner with.
I should add here that the CLOSER you get to people –just anybody –the more of their uniqueness you get to see and appreciate; and this MAY affect how you’d react to their absence.
No, this is not a tribute to me; but if you feel you must make yourself believe it to be, well I can’t quite help you on that I am afraid.

PS. A few weeks after writing this, Trent of http://www.trentlewin.com whom I met here was planning to make a next step in his writing career and I felt honoured he thought to share his itinerary with me. I would be further humbled if he should remember to send me a postcard from the place he eventually gets to.

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11 responses to “WALKING OUT, APART

  1. Post card on its way momentarily, Doc. But I tell you now – I would not leave behind your words for anything.

  2. I dig your commentaries on human interaction; it brings one of our favorite songs to mind. http://youtu.be/sodthxK1z44 = >

  3. okay… the sniffing the bed sheet part threw me off… but I loved all the rest of it…

  4. Hello Doc thx for sharing a lovely poem, long time no speak. How are you doing these days? Blessings from your favorite Earthean. :)*

  5. sorry Doc, didn’t see this one until today…. wow! so very sad… you seem sad inside too… it’s like you’re walking away from us. if it was a postcard, I’m sure the person receiving it shed more than one single tear. yet I also get the sense this was about a homeless person, not you, which makes it even sadder. I hope you’re ok, my friend… please email me if not! 🙂

  6. don’t know about the other walkers-away and left-behinders… but you my friend had better walk your buns right on back here…. love your writing, and you viewpoint on life. and I’ve been surviving, as usual, I’m usually doing well, my life would be perfect if not for my youngest son…. but such is life, what is perfect, eh??? if it were, we’d have nothing to look forward to! take care, Doc, and hope your “flow” slows down enough for you to jump in 🙂

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