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10 September 2015

To Boredom

I'll learn to live with me; no loneliness,
I said when first bereaved and left alone.
I did not know that I would find me dull.

My conversation I could second-guess;
opinions and reactions, all were known –
nothing over which to slightly mull.

However, I am getting used to it.
I find that dullness can be comfortable.
There's no-one I need please except this one.
I like the lovely, lazy lack of effort,
I confess.

Written in response to Poets United's Midweek Motif ~ Boredom

(Dear Readers, it's a bit tongue-in-cheek.)


  1. Dullness can be comfortable for a short period of time, but not for long ... we all need company :-)

  2. Me, too, Rosemary. After such a busy life, I love the slowness of these days.

  3. Ha. I wonder at times if I will ever get to that day, because it seems so far away. When I can do nothing or move at a pace that I can appreciate. I wonder too if I could ever make it alone. I think I might grow bored of my own voice as well.

  4. There comes a time in life.. when one becomes comfortable with solitude... and learns to enjoy a little quiet time. Beautifully executed :)

    Lots of love,

  5. You make a very fine point here. I'm living for while without a pet companion which makes the dullness worse, but I love being accountable only to me. Friends and family are a phone call away. Because of that I'm always ii danger of being called by that ring.

  6. I think that being comfortable with oneself doesn't equate with boring. And I also would guess that you are open to new opinions and can occasionally surprise yourself with your reactions! As far as the mention of lack of effort, I would say for me this would not be true. Or probably for you either. Smiles. Let's say I don't WASTE my effort as much any more on things unless I personally think they are important. There is a lot I just let flow by....and that is ok.

  7. Oh how I revel in my aloneness Rosemary. Missing someone significant is absolutely a natural process
    However the lesson there to be learned is how then to be comfortable with self

    Luv your poem today

    Much love...

  8. When there is just you to please that is fine but be wary of hating yourself for being this way.

  9. I am on the edge of that time when works will cease, i hope i won't be bored and accept the comfort of slow moving life & solitude that i need so desperately..."I find that dullness can be comfortable." love this line...

  10. That is marvellously true. So well expressed. It made my day! Thank you, dear Rosemary.

  11. This is a comforting piece about boredom. Alone but never lonely.

  12. Dullness can indeed be a comfort - it can mean nothing bad is going on...and there is definitely a comfort in that..i wonder if boredom truly exists once we have accepted ourselves and our lives - maybe then it is more peaceful? I love your perspective...and your words

  13. It would not suit me...I like the lovely lazy lack of effort with someone:)

  14. Alone is very different. Well written.

  15. Very well put, Rosemary! Superlike this tongue-in-cheek piece. :)))
    There is a time for everything… and the more we learn to accept, embrace and make peace with life’s many changes, the easier our lives get..!! We must all learn to live Alone with our Beautiful Self without feeling lonely....

  16. It does sound like sunshine days to me. Though the loneliness is a bit of a cloud to break thorugh (thus the sun)

  17. I think self-reflection is a sign of an active mind. Assessment of one's own psyche can perhaps appear to be dull, but there is always something new to discover, I think...