Lonliness vs. Solitude


Lonliness is a sense that something is missing;

that peace, hope, happiness,

are outside of my realm.

It is an inner longing for what I have not.

Lonliness focuses on self, need and discontentment.

Lonliness feels abandoned,

powerless, and empty.

It grasps while pushing away.

It cries to be fed;

is continually hungry.

Solitude walks confidently,

trusts in the unseen;

does not fear quiet but embraces each moment

as a gift in time.

Solitude understands

that the way to peace reveals itself

only to those who are willing

to unclench the hands

long enough

and receive the unknown.

Solitude fears not being alone,

nor crowds,

but accepts each in season.


between lonliness and solitude


beautiful abandonment.

*In January, I participated in a the Root 30 Day Journal Challenge with Lisa Sonora Beam and

I created this from the prompt for day 22.

*Linking with Random Journal Day @ Enthusiastically, Dawn*

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

5 thoughts on “Lonliness vs. Solitude

  1. Dawn- I love this page and the poetic reflections on loneliness and solitude…isn’t it amazing how journaling releases answers for us…I never thought about abandonment being related to both experiences before! Very insightful! Thanks for championing the transformational joys of journal keeping! Hugs-Kel


  2. So completely agree with what you’re getting at here–the profound difference between loneliness and solitude. Thank you for the creative way you expressed it and the way you make me think. I love that you express yourself in poetry, that it’s your ‘go-to’ mode. That He enters into the rhythm with you and we are all enriched by it.


  3. Thanks for sharing your heart here. I hadn’t thought of the difference between the 2 but you captured it so well!! I am so blessed by you friendship!


  4. This is a journal entry? My!
    What insightful comparison/contrast between loneliness and solitude! And so beautifully written.
    Indeed loneliness can happen even in a crowd. On the other hand, I find solitude so valuable, just to sort out jumbled thoughts. Hm, solitude and journaling do go together, don’t they?


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