Alone Together (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Alone Together (New Poem by Polly Castor)
Alone Together poem, by Polly Castor

Dancing Kelp (mixed media) by Polly Castor

Alone Together

Like each leaf in a sea of kelp,
each fan in a baseball stadium
each note in a concerto
each kernel on a cob of corn
is distinct but colluding
Like each star in the constellation
each aspen on the mountainside
each cobble in the old road
each bead in the necklace
is solitary but in conjunction
Like each brick in the wall
each blade on the lawn
each tooth in the smile
each word in the paragraph
is individual but integrated
Like each note in a melody
each spoke in a wheel
each bird in a flock
each bee in a hive
is a fraction of a bigger whole
Like each drop in the ocean
each shell on the beach
each boat in the marina
each flower on the magnolia
is separately united in shared experience
as threads woven into the same tapestry
as numbers in the same equation
as ballerinas collaborating on the same stage
as different refrains in the same song
as various voices in the same conversation
as participants in collective communion
we are disparate, solitary, and alone, yes,
but we can’t avoid the implicit fact
that we are also always together as one.

by Polly Castor

Alone Together poem, by Polly Castor

Magnified Magnolia (pastel) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 3 years ago

    Dancing kelp? Or seeds of life?
    Kelp has a much darker meaning through my filters.


    • Author
      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      Kelp is a happy home for many creatures. And there are many kinds.

  2. Anne 3 years ago

    This poem speaks to me! Each and altogether imagery makes my day!

    • Author
      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      So glad! Missing you!

  3. Mary Jo Beebe 3 years ago

    This poem is lovely, insightful. The pastel is fabulous. Reminds me of some of Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings.

  4. Jobie 3 years ago

    Polly – what a comforting poem! Thank you!

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