Monologue: Where I Stand Now.
“I walk alone, remember not
a time when this was not my lot;
I walk alone, my melody
the roaring of surrounding sea;
I walk alone, my song is this,
be left alone my only wish.”
“I am a loner, this is true,
supported by the rain and dew,
by wind and sea, by summer rain
that makes me sprout with this year’s grain.”
“A voice, a voice in distance heard,
it says my name; speaks dreadful words;
but should I heed it’s message, take
for granted this prophecy I hear,
or hope that none of what I fear
shall ever cause me to awake?”
The day shall come when you whose ship
with arrogance parts currents now
shall either be deluged or be
just swept away; revenge of the sea –
slowly perhaps, or perhaps fast
you shall be gone; you cannot last.
She walked along the street, singing,
heard nobody else speaking and heeded nobody’s greetings:
“Such a weather as today,
such a day!
All I wish is to be swept away!
My native ocean
where are you now?
Where are the waves
where do you flow?
Where is my ship (if it still is)?
Carry me off
to the horizon
where I glimpse in the far-off distance
some summits I can’t recognize.
I shall explore and I shall find.
At least I’ll try and should the wind
Impertinent carry me off
away off course
way into distant unknown lands
As long as I’m alone as long as I am free
I shall not care what I shall get to see.
Where is my ship
– it’s silver keel,
it’s silky sails
full with the wind,
let’s go tomorrow is too late,
I feel a sense of haste
I know not why,
I have to go, I have to run, I am compelled –
I know not why.”
But still she waited, slowed her speed, stood still
awaiting someone who wasn’t coming –
“I want to travel, travel far away
tomorrow is too late –
but not alone,”
awaiting answer she went quiet, but no answer came
“I want to travel, travel, travel
beyond the constraints of the map
but not alone?
I need someone, someone who will
accompany my search –
I cannot go alone then I might just
as well stay here –
oh, what’s the use – when no-one cares?”
an empty hand – another hand that slips
out of your grasp,
and disappears –
the distance separating hearts,
the veil that covers scars
and silence in itself –
the emptiness dispersing when
two hearts are in accord,
but comes to choke you when
nobody’s there to see you –
not finding reason to cry,
since no one hears or cares –
and never crying means never to care –”
“As in the grass I rested on the dike,
I never felt alone, not for a second –
I was alone, but people near,
I heard their voices, knew their presence,
so I didn’t care I was alone.
I knew when I no longer wanted solitude
I had the option to go and join their games –
not having the option makes the difference,
that’s what makes you feel alone.”
“Back on my island, proudly in the sea
protruding, stretching up to meet the sun
defying waves and tide with constancy
(seemingly), there I never felt alone.
I was a part of all, and all a part of me –
the island and the sea and me a part of all,
the sky, the sea that joined at the horizon
was all the world, and I could hear the hum
of life in every movement around me –
and all was part of me, and I was part of all
and loneliness was not an option, not a thought
that I could think – I did not know of it,
for I was all and all was me –
and all I heard the sound of sea
of wind of seabirds; quite a symphony
was played for me each day, and I was free,
alive and whole; ALONE, but never lonely.”
“But here – this cold, unfeeling place
where nature cannot show its face
and no one cries and no one cares –
the rhythm is a curse, it’s not a cure –
and loneliness the symptom of disease,
you cannot be alone, but can be lonely
among these crowds of people – that’s the irony!
No, for companion give me clouds and sea –
and give me sky and sun and rustling grass,
and when I watch the fishing boats return
I shall forget that I’m alone, and then again
I’ll just be me, a part of all and all a part of me –
an entity in its own right, facing the sea –”
“Loneliness is the eyes that wander,
never meeting yours.
Loneliness the voice that staggers
to find footing
but is never heard.
Loneliness the sound of people passing
Loneliness is watching people live,
but not feeling alive yourself.
the condition forced upon you
by not living the way you wish (but
not knowing what it is you wish), and
therefore slowly corroding
your happiness, by living
a life without life – loneliness
is the symptom of a disease
which disappears the instant
you are actually ALONE.”
“I left my island, left behind
how unwise –
now I’m left in a no-man’s-land
marooned in crowds –
I’ve been deluded, been deceived,
I thought myself free, but in reality
I haven’t been myself since leaving home,
I want my island…
(where’s my ship gone off to?)
but now I know that I cannot return alone,
the time has passed,
and I have changed beyond bounds –
I used to be at peace
but after meeting people I
have lost trace of
my starting point, my sails are hanging down
empty of the breeze that carried me here…
how I long for you!
but can you
accept it if I bring
somebody else to see you?
my island! part of me, and I a part of all…
can I accept
of showing you off to an outsider’s eyes,
the disbelieving, disapproving gaze
of someone unacquainted with our vows?
and who would sail with me?
who’d risk the trip aboard my ship
(if I can find it)
other than myself? who would, and why?
I never should have left my island,
never should have boarded ship,
I never should have set my sails
at any other destination,
now I have become what I’ve become
and what I am, no longer me…
can I go home – I cannot go alone –
who will accompany me on the trip…?
with what intentions, what designs –
and what transpire then when we arrive…?”
“The prophecy came true, the one
I heard of spoken as a child –
strange rumors, that I for one
not used to heed, but now…”
The prophecy came true, I didn’t know
I’d met it till too late and I was stuck,
the prophecy – the unclear wording, metaphorically
has trapped me unknowingly, and I do not know now
how to escape – for who would follow me?
My self’s been whisked away and I cannot return alone,
nor find my ship unless someone should vow to
follow me –
I am marooned in other words –
I never shall be free.”