A life alone is at its center bare,
A quiet conversation with myself,
A single, threadbare suit I always wear,
A volume set aside upon life’s shelf.
A time or two fate’s hands would find me paired,
Awakening to partnership each day.
A coupled time where thoughts and deeds were shared,
An interlude that kept dark thoughts at bay.
A pleasure past is left as dispossessed,
An absence added to my solitude.
As life is loaned by time then repossessed,
A canvas bright at birth becomes grey-hued.
__To once more find a love would ease my soul,
__To have a peer to hold would make life whole.



Michael Miller received his Master’s in English from San Francisco State University from the Creative Writing Department. His poems were published in the New Guard Review and upcoming in Lyric Magazine and he was a finalist in the 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference Fiction Contest. Living in Seattle, he is recently retired from a career as a software engineer and participates in writing workshops at Richard Hugo House.

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7 Responses

  1. Julian D. Woodruff

    A model of subdued eloquence. Masterful, Mr. Miller

  2. lionel willis

    In my old but still sound opinion, Michael Miller has written an excellent sonnet about loneliness which is one of the major human tragedies of this era. Keep on, Maestro!

  3. paul buchheit

    I enjoyed your sonnet, Michael. Well-crafted, full of meaning. And 12 ‘A’ lines followed by two ‘T’s — love it!

  4. Edward Hayes

    Mr. Miller, I share your feelings. Well done. Edward “Ted” Hayes, member since 2019, ardent advocate of formalism in poetry — except when it comes to Charles Dodson.

  5. Yael

    Beautiful poem and I really enjoy the picture too. I would give your poem all A’s except you already took care of that. But seriously, as I get older I can really relate to the sentiments expressed therein, thanks for sharing.

  6. David Watt

    My pick of lines from your lovely sonnet is “As life is loaned by time then repossessed.” How true that is!


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