Loneliness is a state of mind.

One can feel lonely in a crowd;
Even in a relationship one can feel isolated;

Or content when alone and occupied.

But being alone, inactive and restless,
one can feel rejected and imagine a lack of caring.

Even the company of lighthearted folk
does not always chase away the deep-felt need
to be close and loved by one special person.

Oh to be cherished once more! Honoria A. Groves

May 24, 1998