Poets Corner: Solitude

24th Apr 2020

I’m
Caught,
Entangled,
Besieged

By an ensnaring,
Constraining,
Suffocating,
Social web

I chafe
Against the strain
Of laboured conversation,
Pressured expectation,
Contrived integration,

My spirit smothered, squeezed,
Struggling to breathe

So I retreat
Into an inner world,
Uncontrolled
By others

Where I am free
To interact and be
With my own ideas, emotions,
Ideals, values, vision,
Undisturbed,
Uncurbed,
Uncensured…

My gratitude overflows,
How well He knows!

My need to reclaim
Self and faith
Through solitude’s
Saving grace.

Fatema Valji

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