Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

To be alone.

I've had a few burdens in my life, but nothing compares to years of loneliness. To eat most meals alone, worship alone, to have no one to talk to, to have no hand on the shoulder, to have no shoulder one to put your hand... not much one can say, other than it is a weight that drags the soul down very deep indeed.


At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I read your blog almost every day, and often find your words very inspiring. I'm sorry you're feeling so heavily burdened.

Thinking of you in Kentucky,

At 2:31 AM, Blogger Lorcan said...

Thanks, Casey, that does mean a lot to me.
Thine in the light

At 6:00 AM, Blogger ash said...

I'd second what Casey said. You may be an ocean and a rock from here, but you are an inspiration to me too. I think you have a lot of insight, and I learn a lot by listening to you.

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Thee, Hannah! said...

I check every day, too (although I try to keep the inane comments on my own blogs). Definitely some of the better reading on the 'net.

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Plain Foolish said...

I, too, check in every day, and worry about the heavy weight that you have been carrying lately.

You're in my prayers.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Skipjack said...

I feel for you, too, old mate. I sometimes wish I could retreat from the opposite, the luxury of a life that is too full for contemplation and reflection. Still, I should have my new ship afloat in a month or so, so it's high time you came this side of the pond again, and knocked out a few tunes afloat!

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Dave Carl said...

Can you find the "I" who feels the loneliness? I tried this once on a solitary Saturday night many years ago -- and as soon as I asked the question, the loneliness dissipated.

With affection,


At 1:03 PM, Blogger Larry said...

I don't believe it, Lor. You have plenty of friends (the comments proved it!) I think you're just fishing.

Yesterday I went to the hospital. I was about to go in a room, when a nurse (a special friend) said, "I wouldn't do it" The man was sitting by the window, and full of complaints. Unbelievable. He said his nurse was no good (but his grin gave him away). I 'cheered him up', jollied him along, and as I was leaving two attractive young women (obviously friends or family) came in, "he's so grumpy" they laughed.

Lorcan, you're so grumpy.

With deepest affection from your southern friend.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger mary said...

Hello. I thought of you today, and decided to have a wee look at your blog *hugs*

I've been lonely this year too, and you're right - it is a weight. I've decided to tentavitely start praying a bit again, after a rather religiously confused year, and you're definitely in my prayers duck.

"I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Traveling, traveling, traveling...I want to be strong I want to laugh along
I want to belong to the living"

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you talked o your better 2/3 about this?

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Lorcan said...

Hi Thanks all... oh, to Annonymous, about Genie, my better 2\3s... I have, we don't get much time to really talk. For most of this year, seven days a week, Genie gets home from 12:30 to 3 am, leaves the house at from 6:30 to 7 am, horrible hours for her, lots of stress... life in New York... some place to live, some life.


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