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To Coco J. Ginger

May 31, 2013

[To Coco J. Ginger: This poem was partly inspired by the characteristically economic and telling piece linked to here. Apologies to this excellent fellow poet and blogger, for what she might see as an aggressive and shameless act of piggy-backing and an unwanted intrusion. Please don’t be alarmed Coco; I admire your work and hope linking to you will draw the attention of readers of this blog to it. Also, I’m very jealous of how many comments your posts get and hope that you at least, will be moved to say something about this one!]


For years I was alone

For all the years it took me

To realise that being alone was what I needed.

As soon as you’re pulled out of the womb

Dragged into the cold air above your mother’s poor tired body

You instinctively stretch out to reach and touch

And if the sense of stretching and reaching loses its charm

If you fall and somehow cannot cope

You just want the loving warmth and security

The solid certainty of someone else being there


But you can’t ask everyone for that

That would be crazy and creepy and bound to fail

You end up alone or in some kind of jail

Even the best beloved will inevitably fail

To appease that hunger for life and more than life


So you go on alone and try to make a world of friends

And follow the example of Coco J. Ginger,

Who touches so many people without having to meet them

Dropping a trail of words like perfectly wrapped candy

For others to follow or seize upon greedily,

And hope for some electrifying connection to spark unexpectedly

And pierce the gloom that separates you and me.


From → Critic, Poet, Writer

  1. This is truly beautiful. Your writing is very moving. I’m honored that you have been so kind and complimentary. Thank you friend.


    • Thanks Coco. Keep up the good work!


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