How Sternly Instilled
To be alone is to have failed somehow.
The cold line they look to leave.
Those quiet nights with too much shadow;
Broad stretches of cloud-troubled sky and
Thoughts passing through your head like
Flocking of black birds.
Company enhances all things.
A problem shared is a problem halved.
So carve up your concerns and
Feed them to crowd.
I would rather let them go wanting.
Give me quiet and space, my troubles will wear themselves out.
To catch a glimpse of ourselves.
Feel the exact weight and width of us
Sound itself out in the silence.
I welcome it warmly;
Sitting in the too-quiet shade,
The atmosphere stretched out above like
A broad palm pressing down.