Of Friendship and Human Alienation

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

Of Friendship and Human Alienation

"Hell is other people"
barks Sartre in his "Exit".

But heaven is also other people
in all the knots tied up
by a smile
a laughter
a touch
a handshake
and an open trust.

And the gate of heaven
because the two cease
to be strangers.

Hell is when each knot is blotted out
and when what remains
is the residue
of a nurtured cut.

And the two hide
from the darkness
of fear to reach out.

Human Alienation
Listen to the Whisper of your Soul

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