Recipe for solitude

solitude is wind
a voice of trees
    it’s sunshine soil
birdsong sprung from spring
a flowerbudded restlessness

solitude is anticipation
of a footpath
warm and needle smooth
    to be bare-
feet for/rest swallowed
    pebb/led to a fireplace
were embers nest

solitude — a toe of mine
independent hammocked
freed from shoes
it’s rivulets and streams
    but most of all
solitude is the pampered love-child
    of a dream
and often
solitude is just another name for
    loneliness

© Björn Rudberg

© Björn Rudberg

Today Mish, invites us to cook up recipes for new matters at dVerse. I tried to think of solitude.

December 6, 2016

17 responses to “Recipe for solitude

  1. Most excellent poem! I really enjoyed the part of the recipe for solitude in the first verse…solitude is wind…nowadays with my mother with us, I often crave solitude.

  2. The trick is to be alone without being lonely; not hard for poets, artists & photographers. Great imagery & sweet word smithing with this one.

  3. You beat me to it, Björn, and with a fine poem! The repetition of ‘solitude’ is effective, like an echo throughout the poem, and your wordplay shines through, particularly:’flowerbudded restlessness’; ‘pebb/led to a fireplace’ / where embers nest’; and ‘a toe of mine /
    independent hammocked / freed from shoes’.

  4. I love this. Especially:
    “it’s sunshine soil
    birdsong sprung from spring
    a flower budded restlessness”

    This makes me crave a long, long walk. Alone.

    And oh, those “hammocked” toes. 🙂

  5. This line really made me smile: ” it’s sunshine soil.” Also, I love the phrase “needle smooth.” What you did with “forest” was very cool too, drawing out the fo(u)r feet and turning yourself into an animal. I like the idea of swallowing rest, as well as the way you broke “pebbled” to perhaps draw out other words, like “pub led,” for example. The word “toe” was unexpected, so I consider that a poetic success. Another favorite phrase for me is “independent hammocked.” Oh, and definitely “the pampered love-child.” Too, I like how your indented lines create a sort of mini-embedded poem — at the end of which I see, “of a dream loneliness,” which is a really interesting concept, that one might be lonely in dreams but not in waking existence.

  6. A beautiful cadence that lulled me into a peaceful place. Love all the images of solitude, especially this one…”solitude is the pampered love-child of a dream”. So unique.

  7. The only time I felt any loneliness in your solitude was in your last two lines, Bjorn. I love your second verse with the needle smooth and when you hyphenated bare-feet, for/rest swallowed…excellent and so enjoyable to read.

  8. It felt more like solitude and less like loneliness. I always think that solitude is a chosen accepted kind of alone whereas loneliness is less chosen. Mind you when I really think about it, there can be times where we begin with solitude and then realise we are alone and then that becomes loneliness. I liked the toe bit too, it was like that stolen pleasure, when you have taken time for yourself..or when you accidentally get time that you hadn’t anticipated…like snow days…when school gets closed and you get an unexpected holiday.

  9. Oh this is beautiful! I especially love
    “solitude is anticipation
    of a footpath
    warm and needle smooth
    to be bare-
    feet for/rest swallowed”

    And then I come to your solitary toe 🙂 and then the shift from the contented, which I feel as I read this poem, to the more unsettled ending…it can be loneliness.
    Well done!

  10. So many truths in this. I hate the thought of solitude as loneliness for so many, though I crave it. Especially in nature or in the little sacred space I have created for myself at home.

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