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Solitude, a Poem by Michael S. Glaser

In solitude, I am at ease with myself,

able to return to my spirit

when it has been shaken

bearing witness to the world.

In solitude, I reclaim my vulnerability

and do not have to compromise

with the demons that pull at my soul

as I embrace that liminal junction

where what has been and what will be

are joined with the wisdom of my ancestors

who remind me

that I do not have to wrestle

with God to be blessed.


Michael S. Glaser is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 – 2009. The recipient of several awards for his teaching, his service to poetry and for his poetry, he now co-leads retreats which embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection and personal growth. He has published several collections of his own poetry, edited three anthologies and co-edited The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA 2012). More at


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