Poem

Loneliness

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loneliness 
what a contradictory thing
to wake up to an empty 
bed
to sit across 
air
to say nothing, allowing for your tongue to numb
as it sits in your mouth wanting to
speak

it’s a haunting thing, really
loneliness
it keeps you 
awake
while also making you drift off to an empty sleep

it’s a beautiful thing, really
loneliness
it makes the hugs feel all the more 
special
conversations all the more 
desirable
laughs all the more 
contagious

it comes and goes 
in the door (out the door)
hello (goodbye)
see you soon (see you later)
loneliness 
will stay with me 
until 
you stay

Hajir Butt is an aspiring writer residing in Kitchener, Ontario. She finds passion and comfort in the folds of a book and hopes to one day create something that can make others feel. You can find her either reading, writing, painting, or curled up in a bunch of blankets trying to hide from the real world, preferably all at once.

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