22 thoughts on “Reflection

  1. Lucy June 8, 2021 / 10:30 pm

    Ahhhh, that is so true!

    “To love,
    the risk is vulnerability.
    To not is loneliness.”

    You never know what you find, that’s my motto. Some risks are worth it in the end, but we have to see it through. With that fear of being alone, it might push someone to take a risk that might be worth it after all. Beautifully and brilliantly written. ❤

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  2. rothpoetry June 8, 2021 / 10:50 pm

    A wonderful poem. You are right, lonely and alone are two different things.

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  3. Helen Dehner June 8, 2021 / 10:56 pm

    I love that painting as well! I enjoy my alone time as much, sometimes more, than I enjoy being surrounded by people. Love this poem, Lillian!

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  4. ben Alexander June 9, 2021 / 3:49 am

    You really captured a fundamental truth here, Lillian.

    Yours,
    David

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  5. K.Hartless June 9, 2021 / 5:14 am

    I love this image. Alone is something I crave and enjoy. Lonely, well, that is the gateway to depression. Enjoyed your piece.

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  6. Nancy Jahnke June 9, 2021 / 7:52 am

    Short and sweet – it hit the bulls eye! Describes me perfectly!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  7. Ingrid June 9, 2021 / 10:44 am

    Oh, I agree Lillian: loneliness is very different from being alone! People are afraid to be lonely so they stay in unhealthy relationships. To love is always a risk: if we fail to love ourselves, we will always be lonely!

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  8. T.J.S. Sherman June 9, 2021 / 12:08 pm

    The difference between loneliness and being alone is a distinction may people miss, nicely captured.

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  9. SelmaMartin June 9, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    Aww, love! Worth the risk for sure. Thanks for this.

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  10. Dora June 9, 2021 / 1:12 pm

    Lillian,
    So simply expressed, so true.
    pax,
    Dora

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  11. Glenn A. Buttkus June 9, 2021 / 2:23 pm

    Twice I’ve been a bachelor for seven year stretches. I had no difficulty being alone without being lonely; two separate animals for sure.

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  12. Beverly Crawford June 9, 2021 / 3:57 pm

    As you note, there is a great difference between being lonely or being alone. Well penned!

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  13. Tricia Sankey June 9, 2021 / 4:10 pm

    Yes, as an army wife (and my hubby is currently away for a few weeks) I’ve learned you can love and be lonely when spouses are gone or you can embrace being alone for a bit and learn how to love yourself better. Also love others who are lonely. A great piece! 💯

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  14. Raivenne June 9, 2021 / 8:32 pm

    Lillian you are master at beautifully saying so much with so little and that talent shines tremendously here. Using the “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt just adds to it. This was beautifully done.

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  15. Grace June 9, 2021 / 9:29 pm

    i agree with you Lillian. This is said in a few but carefully chosen lines. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  16. sanaarizvi June 10, 2021 / 1:27 pm

    I absolutely love this! Now that is a risk I wouldn’t mind taking time and again 😀

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  17. calmkate June 12, 2021 / 2:36 pm

    lovely brief poem and amazing image … that last stanza says so much!

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