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27 Apr

Alone but not Lonely

Alone but not Lonely


Lyn Paul 


Lyn Gay Paul (1965 - ) is an Australian poetess who began writing poetry during her stint as a Funeral Director. Despite being associated with the funeral industry, and despite her early interest in death poetry, majority of her later poems are about a difficult childhood. She has firm faith in the ability of poetry to heal wounds; to her poetry is a therapy that helps her unburden. “Alone but not Lonely” is a beautiful expression of the poet’s faith in the anodyne powers of poetry.  There are so many people in this world with no one to call their own. The poet, on the other hand, is fortunate to have true friends to laugh and share stories with. Through a succession of paradoxical images, the poet articulates the broken thoughts that shook her up when her whole family unit underwent a change.


Alone but not lonely

Broke yet not poor

Down, yet not out

Smiling, but not laughing


Blessed yet not enriched

Hurting though not pained

Hearing but not heard

Risen yet not rising

Old but not elderly


Living..... Though, Not alive

Sweet and never sweetened

Angered though not angry

Fearing..... but not afraid


Awake and often woken

Beautiful, Inside and out

Anxious to lose these anxieties

To find again real life



Too honest


Hungry for success


Alone but not lonely.

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