Solitude – A Haibun

I have always enjoyed my own company, never more so than now.  As a teenager I could be incredibly lonely to the point of feeling physical pain.  I literally ached from it and, like most teenagers, time passed so slowly, so it seemed never ending.

As a grown up, I am never lonely.  There is always someone to speak to and many opportunities and activities in which to participate.  These days it is sometimes difficult to find time for myself, so when I do, I savor every moment.  I love taking long walks in nature and I see and appreciate everything.  I find the solitude inspirational and it helps my writing. I even capture photos along the way of things that I find interesting.  Solitude is very precious to me.


Sacred solitude
A gift of silence from noise
Time for renewal

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  29 comments for “Solitude – A Haibun

  1. February 5, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I so remember the loneliness of being a teenager… I think I spent most of my free time in the library … pretending, and then growing up you start to crave those moments of being alone in wonderful solitude.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 5, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Bjorn….yes me too. I think now of all those painful hours and how I could have spent them 😔 Solitude is a gift to ourselves.

  2. February 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Life seems to get noiser and noisier! It almost seems odd to have everything quiet. With the ringing in my ears, there is never any pure silence! Thanks for your comment.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 5, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

  3. February 5, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I notice how you make a distinction between loneliness and solitude. I don’t see them as the same things either.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

      That’s right Jane 💕

  4. February 5, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Gorgeous, Christine! I enjoy solitude as well, so quiet.😊💗

    • Christine Bolton
      February 5, 2019 at 9:53 am

      thanks Jordy. It’s the only way to descramble your mind, right 💕

      • February 5, 2019 at 9:53 am


  5. February 5, 2019 at 6:18 am

    This is beautiful!

  6. February 5, 2019 at 3:52 am

    your solitude is graceful living Christine, i see it reflected in your writing – beautiful haiku to end

    • Christine Bolton
      February 5, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Graceful and grateful Gina 🙂💕 Thank you my friend

  7. February 4, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    It is such a sacred time – nicely expressed in your haiku, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much V.J. It is certainly precious to me🙂

  8. February 4, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Yes solitude can be so calming, and my isolation time in the hospital was the best time for in the hospital………I even got some sleep….xx

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      I’m happy that you had chance to rest Ivor. I hope you’re health is improving now 💕🙂

      • February 4, 2019 at 9:51 pm

        I’m in hospital now, for my tests etc

      • Christine Bolton
        February 4, 2019 at 11:15 pm

        Good luck. I hope the news is good 💕

  9. February 4, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    sacred it is. like the spaces between notes of music

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      Yes, I know what you mean 🙂

  10. February 4, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Perfect haiku for the story part

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you Sabio 🙂

  11. February 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I need to learn haibun. Will give it a try.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Oh you should! I will be watching for your work 🙂💕

  12. February 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I like how you’ve contrasted the teenage perspective with that of your older self, Christine. I also felt lonely as a teenager and I appreciate what you say about time seeming never ending. I agree that, as we get older, solitude is a precious thing, ‘a gift of silence from noise’.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you Kim 💕🙂

      • February 4, 2019 at 5:04 pm


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