When the chill of being alone
is knitted to the bone,
I long for you,
It is too easy to feel capable
of navigating this life
in a solitary way –
to convince myself that
all is well,
and I am fine –
strong and muscled
in all the right places.
But as my bones begin to creak and groan,
and my sturdy stride weakens,
I feel my empty hand hungry
for your grasp.
Life does not want us to be alone.
And now as I sit
in the cold and dark,
the chill in my heart whispers,
“You need someone next to you to
warm this bleak contraction –
for there is no valor in enduring isolation.”
I sigh the kind of sigh that has the breath of the ocean within it…
and realize my need of a companion-
Being competent is not enough anymore,
and does not warm the soul
like a shared laughable moment would.
It’s friends who bring the warmth
with the their love and care,
and also the light which
illuminates and heals.
A good friend walks side by side with you –
a better friend helps you see more
along the way…
They provide the mirror you need
for your own evolution.
And so, the time for reaching out is here.
The confining walls fall away –
and this pressing question reaches my lips:
Where are you?
Copyright @Cynthia Cady Stanton, 2021