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walking through the streets of

sydney, berlin and london

i learnt that it was

alright to be alone with myself

and my head of thoughts


far away from all i knew

i had to converse with what

lay within

i learnt to love and understand

who i had become

in those busy foreign streets


there is so much comfort

that comes from inner-solitude

silences become peaceful

the world displays itself




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Another beauty! Good solid appreciation of self/world and self in worl as well as world in self;-)


Well done.



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Brings to mind the stranger in a strange land (sydney, berlin, etc.) limbo that occurs to all travellers landing in new surroundings for the first time before making those initial direct human contacts ... after which things have a way of taking off, usually for better, sometimes for worse!



Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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Profound, universal, beautiful -- and let's not forget cosmopolitan! But the poem already says that, doesn't it? I like your strategy for finding inner peace through inner solitude in urban settings. It seems to have worked!



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Hi douglas,


Good to see you again and read your work. Congratulations on your publications!


This poem has a lovely mellowness about it - a coming to terms with the solitude and the creative impulse of one's inner world:


i learnt that it was

alright to be alone with myself

and my head of thoughts


A meditation on the self opening up portals to other dimensions and possibilities. I love the being-in-the -moment sense you suggest here.



Thank you.




Even a single enemy is too many and a thousand friends too few - Bhutanese saying.

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Douglas dear, I am coming late with my comments here. This poem reflects your state of mind while you was traveling and experiencing new life. Nothing is worse than being alone, but sometimes helps.

I like how you expressed your poem, in some positive way too.


I enjoyed reading this one. It gives special feeling.



The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

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