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Story ID:9764
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA USA
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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The thought of being alone
Is something I fear
I want some one
A friend, relative, or a neighbor near

When your age is in the eighties
And you no longer drive far from your home
All your friends, relatives and neighbors
Think you want to be alone.

Being alone
This is furthermost from your mind
Even recalling old memories
Gets old after time

You can just talk to yourself
For a little while
If someone hears you
They think you are getting senile

So to keep from going battier
You need some new thoughts
Talking to one of your neighbors
Really helps a lot

Or a relative dropping in
To give you the latest news
About what’s happening
With Aunt Jane and Uncle Lou

In the Grocery store
I’ll meet some one sorta staring straight ahead
Kinda walking in a trance
Being alone is what they dread

Directly to them
I’ll wish them a “good day”
The smile that breaks open that sad look
Is worth a days pay

They find they are not alone
They’re thinking a stranger spoke to me
Starts the wheels to spinning
Makes them happy as can be.

So when you are feeling all alone
And you’re in a busy place
Say “How are you doing” to a stranger
And see the smile on their face.

Monte L. Manka 05-22-2014