Friday, July 22, 2011 | By: Brianna

Poetry Friday -- How to Be Alone

"How to Be Alone" by: Tanya Davis

Today, while on StumbleUpon (surprise, surprise) I found this poem.  And there's quite a bit I like about this poem.  The performance and the filming, for one and the sentiment for another.  I like the reassurance that being alone is okay and that even though society is afraid of being alone...being alone isn't the same thing as being lonely.  I like that Davis creates words like "chow downers."  And I love the pacing and the energy of the poem.  Even though the subject matter could easily be taken in a depressing direction, Davis manages to pack the poem with optimism.

1.  What do you do when you're alone?  ONLY when you're alone?
2.  Make a noun out of a verb in the spirit of "chow downers."  There are too many nouns that are verbed, so why not go in the opposite direction?
3.  People often talk about being alone in a crowd.  What does that actually mean?  Do people choose to be alone in crowds?
4.  Have you ever had a conversation with a statue?  Like an in-dept conversation.  If not, go and do it.  What does the statue have to say?
5.  What inanimate objects do we hang out with instead of hanging out with ourselves?  Are cell phones and laptops the only things you can "hang out" with?  Does music "count"?

Idris: You call
The Doctor: Only when we're alone!
Idris: But we are alone...
The Doctor: Well come on...Sexy!
- The Doctor's Wife


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