Sunday, December 8, 2013

Festive Lights


that night,
the town lit up
in neon colors,
but amidst
the green & red,
all he could see was blue

even the street
turned
a deep indigo,
casting a soft
spotlight
on his face

and he became part
of a picture-perfect
moment,
yet wondered why
he felt so alone
in a crowd
~ ~ ~
Posted for dVerse and shared with Poets United.

59 comments:

  1. ah you can feel terribly lonely in a crowd... and no matter how picture perfect the moment might be... i love indigo though... my favorite blue...

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. I love indigo, too ... it has a spiritual meaning, introspection. Sometimes in solitude, we look inward :)

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  2. ALTHOUGH Christmas is a very outwardly festive season, so many people feel lonely and filled with solitude at this time. One of the highest seasons for suicide. So many times, for so many people, life and friends just don't measure up to expectations.

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    1. That's why it's so important to provide comfort & understanding to people who feel lonely, to offer them hope & courage ... the true spirit of Christmas giving & being loving. Thank you for your comment, Jeanne.

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  3. ha. yes. well i know all about feeling alone in a crowd....
    no matter how perfect it seems, its often up to the people within
    it to make it something special.

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    1. Thank you, Brian. Yes, sometimes it's all about how we perceive things ...

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  4. LD, you have carried the thoughts beautifully in these words. Poignant and pensive. Lonely as a cloud in a crowd! Maybe all of us carry a little bit of blue in us.

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    1. True, Rajesh. I think poets tend to have a deeper understanding of pain. Thank you for your comment :)

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  5. Crowd may be about but still loneliness can spout. nice all lit up though

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    1. Lots of festive lights
      So bright at night :)

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  6. Lovely festive scene with the pretty lights. The holidays can make people feel lonely, even with the crowds around. Wishing you a happy Sunday!

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  7. Lovely pic with the mood of your write...Clearly blue.

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  8. You have captured the feeling of that moment, alone in a crowd. Especially evident at Christmas when shops are a mad flurry of consumerism. Loved this.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. Yes, Christmas has become so commercialized with less emphasis on spirituality and what really matters. It makes some people feel lonely ...

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  9. Ah... a loneliness this time of the year for many

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  10. I love it when Christmas lights are on and everything looks bright and festive!

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    1. Thank you, Michaela. Glad you could see the joy in it :)

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  11. Some of my most lonely moments have been in the midst of crowds. Very well put.

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  12. Oh, sometimes even when one is surrounded by beautiful color one's mind does not see those colors. I think though holiday times are the most happy times for some, for other people they are 'blue' times and times when they feel most alone. Your poem made me think. Well captured.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Yes, sometimes holidays are difficult and even stressful for some.

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  13. I used to volunteer for a suicide helpline and we always had more calls coming in during the festive season. Seeing others so busy with family and friends is really hard for those who are alone. You capture this so well.

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    1. Yes, it's especially difficult for people who are lonely to get through the holidays. We should take the time to reach out and make them feel they are not alone and help them to overcome that feeling of despair. We can save a life by being there for someone in need. Thank you for your comment, Marina Sofia.

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  14. A time like that this has to be the loneliest of all.. so blue really.

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  15. nothing makes you feel lonelier than seeing other couples happy...

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    1. True, George. For single people, it may be hard to see other couples especially at holiday time.

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  16. Your poem made me look at the image in a new way - very effective.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, the same image can be looked at in different ways, depending on someone's state of mind.

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  17. The holiday season can be quite painful for people who are lonely or depressed. I think they find it harder to see the bright side of things then. This is very well expressed in your poem Loredana!

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  18. Sometimes we can feel very alone in a crowded and festive holiday like Christmas ~ Lovely picture as well ~

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  19. words that paint the scene, and the feelings within, I thought this was a very honest poem.

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    1. Thank you, yes, I wanted to show a different perspective ... how some would honestly feel.

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  20. Perfect feeling of that loneliness especially in these holiday crowds...I sometimes feel like this at holiday parties.

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    1. Me, too, Donna. I tend to be an introvert at times and feel a bit awkward at big parties. Thank you for your comment :)

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  21. For some us the loneliest and most alienated we will ever feel is in crowds. I have always hated parties. I only like small dinner parties or gatherings.

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    1. I prefer smaller parties myself. Thank you :)

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  22. sitting, busy people flowing around him
    i wonder if he was waiting or listening to music
    image and poem work well together

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    1. Thank you ... and I like your positive perspective :)

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  23. Nice poem! It happens. Sometimes we feel alone, even though surrounded by people...

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  24. Wonderful poem and very eye-opening. Sometimes the holidays can be the loneliest times for some people. I always try to keep that in mind during this time of year.

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  25. i like the contrast and contradiction that is so well expressed in this poem.

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    1. Glad you noticed and liked the contrasting images. Thank you :)

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  26. The use of blue was perfect to reflect his state, Loredana. To feel lonely in a crowd is the loneliest feeling of all. To feel alone in a festive crowd has to be epicly sad.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. Yes, blue does connotate sadness. It's also a very calming and soothing color :)

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  27. I don't know if this is written by a town dweller. But I can imagine, without friends, family, partner life could well be like this.

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    1. Yes, some people come from broken families, and holidays are more difficult for them. Thank you for your comment.

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  28. I think depression is worse during the holidays because we feel guilty feeling the way we do amidst all the joy.. Beautifully framed poem

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment, Steve. And welcome to my Google+ circle. I appreciate you sharing this post. :)

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  29. You've captured such a poignant moment and feeling here, Loredana.
    While so many of us are preparing to celebrate the holiday season, I feel there are so many who feel very alone.

    Beautifully done.

    I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

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  30. Awww, it would be so hard to be alone during the holidays. I am blessed to have family to spend them with, so I can't imagine being alone.

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  31. A heart filled with sadness feels left out everywhere.

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  32. Yes, one can still be lonely with people around! It has to do with persons of endearment close at hand! Nicely Loredana!

    Hank

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  33. So beautiful and touching and profound. xo Karen

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  34. Una foto natalizia suggestiva...che bella città.
    Ciao Loredana un abbraccio!

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    1. Grazie, Francesca! Questa citta' e' in periferia di New York. Un abbraccio :)

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  35. La nuit
    Illuminée de bleu
    Se prenait
    Pour le jour
    Habillé d'un ciel bleu

    Amicalement Pascal

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  36. Thank you, everyone, for such an interesting discussion on this post! :)

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  37. the more i think about the more beautiful it becomes.. tender and delicate and that feeling of not belonging there.

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  38. A touch of sadness that is most felt this time of year....very poetic!

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