I know the sound of two hands clapping and sometimes I try to figure out the sound of one hand clapping (as the Zen koan goes). But recently I’ve discovered the sound of loneliness.

What is the sound of loneliness?

It isn’t silence.
Some of us actively seek silence. Some of us like solitude. But that’s aloneness, not loneliness.

Lonely is feeling invisible in a crowd. Or unheard in the melee. Lonely is when you want to talk to someone…anyone…and all you can hear is telephones ringing and no one to pick them up. Lonely is when you want to talk to one person only and everyone in the world but that person wants to talk to you.

The sound of a telephone ringing till it gets cut is the loneliest sound in the world. Whichever end you are at.

12 thoughts on “The Sound Of Loneliness”
  1. Loneliness is when you want to feel alone but you end up feeling lonely. No matter how far you look around the sound of the empty calls still jar in your mind.. 😐
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  2. @rambler: That’s Zen.

    @rads: Awww…. *hugs*

    @prats: I like “the sound of the empty calls”.

    @Ms Taggart: Hmm.

    @Hyde: Is it? I never experienced the train tunnels in that way. It is a combination of horror and thrill for me. So loneliness sounds differnt to different people. Hmm, interesting.

    1. @Maan: Yes, that’s one of the results of loneliness. Though I think not everyone who talks to themselves is lonely. How could one be lonely when one has so many people inside one’s head?

      @Prasoon: Sad, isn’t it?

      @gazzal: I know and I’m sorry. Truly.

  3. Could identify with each word here. Sigh!
    The telephone ring – oh yes, I guess that has to be the sound of silence and I don’t like it at all – when it rings on both sides i.e.

  4. you couldn’t have said it better….!

    been there…felt it…realized it…captured it…and then had to let it go…

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