By Michael W. Raley
I live in community,
Yet I feel so lonely.
I can connect to people around the globe,
But I end each day alone.
I work to keep my thoughts and emotions steady;
Deep down I’m still not ready
To face the challenge of a new day.
I give myself the encouragement talk,
Only to fail following through on walking the walk.
The realization that I am truly alone
Makes my heart sink like a stone
Into an aimless sea-
No lighthouse, no flares, no ships, only me.