Involuntary solitude
Is loneliness,
Whilst voluntary solitude
Is utter bliss.

No human's endless prattling
Invades your space
You can dress in old PJ's
Or expensive lace.

You can decide whether or not
To comb your hair,
You can decide to interact,
When and where.

You can sing loudly and freely
Out of tune,
You can decide to gaze at stars
And watch the moon.

You can eat candy for breakfast,
Chocolate for lunch,
You can drink the purest water
Or Planters' Punch.

You can determine what to watch
On TV,
You can play loud, rock music
Endlessly.

You can have a conversation
With yourself,
You can be joyfully single
Not on the shelf.

So make sure your solitude
Is voluntary,
Say no to lonely
And yes to free.

Lynne Joyce 29.04.2017