A map in hand with roads unnamed
An unfinished puzzle with loneliness untamed

A candle light burning bitter tears
An incomplete story falling on deaf ears

A cloud floats by bearing ruthless cold
An inconvenient truth of loneliness getting unfold

And I walked the streets without any street signs in sight
And I had a meal without a someone to confide
And I saw a night sky without stars or moonlight
To get use to loneliness by my side

Chinese Version:






Another quiet night, with no one to talk to.
I looked through my contacts, but could not
find anyone I particular wish to chat with.

I realised I don’t really know what I want.

So I am just here, writing and typing – talking
to myself.

I wrote the Chinese Version of this poem a few
nights back, when I felt the same sense of 

I prefer the English Version, so I decided to share
the English one first. I added the Chinese one as it
is the more raw, and original manifestation of this



6 thoughts on “Alone【一个人习惯寂寞】

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    1. Thank you! I really like this mini poetic reply 😀 I like how it paints a positive light on loneliness. Thanks for coming by again 🙂


      1. My mini poetic reply was not very well thought out. I’m not sure how to use solitude as a driving force. Maybe it just drives me not to be lonely, or maybe it drives me crazy. Maybe loneliness is just part of my personality. Did you mean it that way in your poem?

        I think a big part of loneliness in my experience is an inability to share interests. I was once in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, alone, when I believed I had ‘figured out’ the paining of Wang Meng (a Yuan dynasty painter). I actually looked around for anyone, even a stranger, to regale with my theory. Of course, no one was looking at any of the Yuan dynasty paintings, because no one was very interested. My enthusiasm seemed very incomplete, without someone to share it with. Later I wrote an academic paper about Wang Meng (perhaps this is how loneliness can become a driving force, a force of creativity), but my paper didn’t really have an effect on anyone.

        Of course, if I had brought a friend to the Museum that day, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to stand for an hour in front of the Wang Meng painting, studying it. Perhaps this is another way in which solitude enabled me to have (was the ‘driving force’ behind) a powerful experience that I still remember.

        Sorry for the 囉嗦.

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