In response to Privacy (by I Do Run in the post Anniversary Hike – Three Haikus)

Some Privacy synonyms: seclusion, privateness, confidentiality, solitude, isolation, retirement, peace, concealment, quietness, reclusion….
Running, Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States of America

I Do Run responded to the word Clandestinely, and while she chose the synonym “Privately”, the word she used for her post is “Privacy”, so that’s what I’ll run with here (pun unintended, really!).

The synonyms for privacy open up a number of tasty possibilities, words which I often use as themes in my writing and poetry: solitude, isolation, peace, quietness… they appear so often it’s possible to consider them emblematic.

What fascinates me about this collection of synonyms is the interplay of meanings for those of us in recovery or, perhaps more broadly, those of us on the path of spiritual or personal growth. These are the words of practice, a pursuit which navigates darkness and the light, seeks to know each while, ultimately, learning the balance which brings insight and meaning. And so, this poem… a brief slice of pilgrimage and an exploration of…



In solitude
Peace and isolation

In isolation
Concealment and discovery

In peace
A deep breath and a sigh



The second line in each couplet presents a pairing of darkness and light. Be careful of the tendency to imbue either side of the pair with purely negative or purely positive contexts. Think of them, instead, as complementary elements and tools we use in our pilgrimages of awakening.

Want to Play?

First, you can play any word offered by any post, or any comment, at any time. No deadlines.

To play the word in this post, pick a synonym from below. Now tell us what you picked in a comment. If you like, add a few words (or a bunch of words) about why you picked it. Or maybe use it to inspire a poem or micro-fiction or… well, anything you like.

Some Solitude Synonyms:

aloneness, insulation, isolation, peace, privacy, secludedness, seclusion, segregation, separateness, sequestration, solitariness… more synonyms

EZPZ, right?

Just … play nice. (Check out the conditions of play if you’re not sure what nice means. 😉 )

You can also play by replying to any of the comments other people post. Use a thesaurus to find a synonym for the word in the comment, and reply with that.

Advanced Play

Want to play the advanced game? Use your chosen synonym as inspiration to create a new blog post: words, images, sound, video … just about anything, really.

You can think of this game as a one-word creativity prompt. Rather than give you the one word, I’m giving you a list of synonyms to choose your one word from.

I’ll post new words … frequently. Probably not daily, but often. However, there’s no hourglass counting down the time you have left. Feel free to play any word at any time.

If you create something I think is really cool, I’ll ask if we can repost it here, as a new word for others to play.

Here are the rules.

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