Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Room of My Own: Midlife Loneliness Tanka

risky as smoking
15 cigarettes a day
this disease
of midlife loneliness
stares at me, me alone 

FYI: The U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently highlighted the problem, claiming that loneliness was as dangerous to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It increases the risk of various illnesses like heart disease and raises quality of life issues like addiction, depression, the urge to commit suicide, and the odds of premature death.


3 a.m.
even the flower moon
for me alone


harbor lights
dimmed by winter fog
a lone stray

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