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More than one in ten people suffer from chronic loneliness…
Our cultures do little to recognise this alarmingly growing trend. In fact, chronic loneliness can become a disease that eats into the soul causing depression and deep psychological change. The chronically lonely person asks, “What’s wrong with me?” Why don’t I fit in? Why am I the odd one out?”
We don’t talk about feeling lonely, as responses might vary from…”Join a club,” “change your attitude,” “you’re imagining things,” “it’s your fault,” “think positive.”
Comments and attitudes such as these accentuate feelings of loneliness and isolation. The busy, socially successful person cannot possibly understand the feeling of being insanely lonely…why should they?
There are many different kinds of loneliness: the loneliness of the elderly whose friends have passed, whose families now find them surplus to requirement, a burden, inconvenient, useless.
There is the loneliness of the young – eager to belong, establish self-worth, establish an identity, relate, self-determine, join in, but find themselves marginalised, not quite fitting in, not quite able to crack the right joke, say the right thing, wear the right clothes, be one of the in-crowd.
There is the loneliness of those abandoned by the loss or death of a loved one…suddenly vulnerable, forced to begin anew, shifted from the comfort of knowing and loving someone to being surrounded by strangers again.
There is the loneliness of those seeking a mate, a home, a sense of belonging whose brilliant achievements are as dry desert dust, as there is no one to share them with.
There is the loneliness of the talented, desperate to share soul in a world where it is undervalued.
There is spiritual loneliness…
All forms of loneliness have stigma attached: Something is wrong with you… one of life’s rejected failures.
In my past work as a psychotherapist, I have met those suffering all manner of loneliness. In my current work as a writer, poet and musician, it is my task to voice the unexpressed, to speak for the marginalised, the misunderstood, to promote unique voices that might otherwise never be heard.
I sent out a call across Facebook, announcing that I wanted to do an anthology on All The Lonely People…poems, art, prose focussing on the subject of loneliness. The response was overwhelming.
Contained in the pages of our new Plum Tree Books anthology are the outpourings of those few willing to speak up for the many, in the hope of giving it voice.
Thank you to all the contributing authors, artists and photographers. You have come from all over the world. This is one of the beauties of social networking. It is possible to reach beyond social stigma and deeply touch other lives, forge amazing friendships and express the beauty inherent in having soul.
Check out this beautiful anthology Here
I will be featuring some of the poems and pieces featured o this anthology. Join in with our blog…
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Thanks to Niamh Clune for inviting me to participate!
My entry, “A Solitary Clue” can be found on Page 14.
This Anthology is free! Please support us, and come see.
Thank you! Uncle Tree (Keith Alan Watson) 😉
And divine it be, Uncle Tree.
Many, many, many thanks galore! Glory be!
There are comments flying about all over. But to make sure you are once again reminded by me how magnificent a creation you have pulled together into a beautiful book of poignancy. I am truly moved and I have much more to view and read through. Thank You for your generosity of spirit. With A Lot of Love, Jennifer @>-;– WAY COOL Niamh!!!
Many thanks Jennifer for all your support and loving kindness. I tried to give it strong bookmarks at the beginning and end to sandwich the innards together well.
You have succeeded and I am doing it slow to prolong the initial experience. SO much to digest. SO meaningful an experience. Already had one inquiry on where can they purchase this book. I informed them. They and I now follow each other. That is probably the most incorrect sentence I have written in ages. Oh, well. Hope you are feeling the love. I will write more tomorrow or as soon as I have more reactions for you. Love everything I have read and viewed as far as I have traveled into the book. Did a rather long reblog comment on “All The Lonely People.” Rather cathartic, I might add, writing it. Love to you and the Amazing person you are inside and out. a.l. jk
Many thanks, Jennifer.
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Many thanks for the reblog! I hope you enjoy it.
Just wanted to thank you once again for putting this wonderful work together. Judging from all the positive comments flying around I’d say you have a 100% certified success here and I am not surprised! The hours/days/weeks of labor are surely evident. Clapping loudly for you as well as all the wonderful and gifted poets and artists who contributed to this very special anthology. I am proud to have been among them. Take a huge bow!
Many thanks. I think the subject matter is something that needs to be spoken of, and that enables people to open up and share…
Running to get my copy now, Niamh. I bet it’s colossal…as everything you do is. Hugs and all the best always. ❤ Betty
Honored to be part of the wonderful poetic and artistic expression of pieces from around the world 🙂 Thanks again for the opportunity, Niamh!
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All The Lonely People is an Anthology, a Collection of words, art, writing, prose, poems, meaningful sentiments about loneliness, photography, pain, fear, feelings, sharing similarities and differences at where our lives are now, where they came from and where they are headed. Niamh Clune had a brilliant idea to bring together the works of artists in various fields with herself included, for she is also a brilliant artist with multiple talents, and had us write about, paint, take photographs in order to present our inner thoughts and feelings about loneliness and also aloneness or solitude. Dr. Clune gathered all the multitude of submission and selected what she felt worked and put the Anthology together herself, a daunting job, in the least. We all thank you for her strength and sensitivity for doing such a remarkable task. Personally, when I thought about writing a poem or poems, I wasn’t sure whether I felt loneliness or understood it. I want to say that it was a difficult struggle to come to terms with the feelings that surround these two states of being as I was writing what ended up being two poems. I threw away my first attempt. I had no idea what it was that I was even writing about. By the time I completed my two poems, I discovered deep inside a place that was quite dark and I found that state of loneliness. It felt awful and so isolated. I put that in my poem on Loneliness. And at the last moment, near deadline, I finally think I understood what it really meant to feel Aloneness, a completely different state. As I struggled, I can see from what I read that I believe it is and was a struggle for all of us to experience the state of loneliness at all stages in our lives. This Anthology “All The Lonely People” is something everyone should look at and read. It may help you to understand what it is to be lonely. If you are lonely, it may help you to understand what it is you are experiencing. If you know someone who is lonely, it may help you to reach out to them, to offer a hand to lead them away from their loneliness. For whatever reason, this Anthology is available for Free right now. I downloaded it and I am amazed at the honesty and the fear that people see or have experienced or are experiencing. The introduction helps to explain a great deal about chronic loneliness. If you follow this reblogged post back to its origin you will find the complete Introduction there and also the link to where you will be able to download “All The Lonely People” for free. If the title sounds familiar to some, it is from the lyrics of the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby.” Please learn about Loneliness. It is of utmost importance to find an understanding of how devastating a condition this can be. Please learn about Loneliness and take a chance by downloading “All The Lonely People.” Thank you. Jennifer Kiley jk the secret keeper
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What a beautiful and deeply moving project. I’ve only been able to read a few entries for now, but love the depth of raw feelings poured into each poem and story. Exceptional project.
Many thanks. Patricia. I am hoping to take it to the next publishing stage of seeking funding. It has been an exceptional amount of work as ever. But, obviously, it is a subject close to the heart of many.