Loneliness,

With its arm thrown lazily

Around boredom’s shoulder,

Approaches my doorstep.

I do not answer their call,

Pretending I am not home.

They have been here often

And my home is always a mess

When they leave.

I hope they will go next door

Or down the street,

But they simply sit on the stoop

And wait for me to invite them in.

Philip has lived in the Princeton area for the past 24 years. He has worked for most of that time in the marketing research industry. Currently, he owns Data Insights and Solutions LLC, a marketing research consulting company located in North Brunswick. He is an avid member and supporter of Princeton Toastmasters. Married with no children, he enjoys traveling, skiing, reading, and writing.

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