Wild Crazy Lonely Shame

KIM.jpgI'm lonely.

For several weeks I have been breathing in loneliness and exhaling it too. It soaks me in its wet, heavy haziness.

Every time I look anywhere, there is a couple, together, sharing a joke, a small gentle familiar kiss, a rest of a familiar hand on the small of a back, the lack of space between them

and all I can do was sigh.

When will my turn come?

It's no longer about dating men. It's about having one of my own.



I thought I had it with Mr. Singapore

only Mr. Singapore is well....

in Singapore for another four months.


I thought I had it with Mr. Bike,

only honestly, Mr. Bike is why I feel so lonely.


Mr. Bike is kind and warm and in the beginning so attentive. And then Mr. Bike stopped being attentive.


He's been so busy he says

He's opening a new store, he says

Reasonable excuses

But they



And when I voice my needs up against those excuses, I feel crazy.


And this is where I feel embarrassed. Instead of walking away, instead of saying "I am worthy of more than this" I picked up the attentive flame and ran after him.


"I'm here" I said, through texts and emails and phone calls.


I am not sure if I did it too much, not enough or if he just didn't speak the language but

I am not getting very much from him. Every time he throws me a damn crumb, I find myself hoping again.


I am having trouble letting this "relationship" go.


If this is a relationship then my standards have truly gone to an embarrassinglu low level.



I think they have.


I keep him because he is the first man I can imagine keeping. I can see introducing him to my kids, taking him with us to the ranch, hanging out with my friends. Because he is a most excellent kisser and because it's easy to be with him, when I'm with him.

I keep him because I don't want to be alone, even though I am.

And maybe that is his purpose, to show me the possibilities. To see that I can be in 'like' again, that I am capable of a relationship, that I want a relationship.


And I am afraid

that he is

all I can get.


The fear (and honestly the lack of faith) keep me entwined in him when it is better for me to let him go.


I am faced with this fact:

Being a widow, being someone who has profoundly lost

has left




Death ripped me open

I am a "well dressed nerve" as my therapist says

and so I don't trust my judgment.


But staying feels awful.

Leaving is full of uncertainty and fear.

Just like death.


I will end this

or at least let it

fizzle out


I am tired of feeling wild crazy lonely

I have already been through so much.


But I think I may stay

for a little while longer

until another man

comes around.


I can leap to him

like a monkey from one tree to another

across the abyss

of loneliness.


The shame of not

being in



for me

better than being out of something.


I just can't take the loneliness anymore.


So I will take what he offers

until I can find better.

I will stay wild crazy lonely because

when he does give to me

it is exactly what I need.


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