The Loneliness of Being is as much a diary in verse form as it is a collection of poems; hence the chronological approach. Most of these poems I have written have been either under the influence of my favourite tipple: beer, or under the influence of existentialism, or both. As a student, I studied existentialism through the works of Sartre, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Husserl, etc. This influence seems to have struck a deep chord with me as I have been left with the great desire to make sense of individual existence and how we deal with concepts such as choice and freedom; how we define our own meanings in this gorgeously rational and irrational universe we live in.
The loneliness I refer to in the title of this collection is not so much pertaining to that state of being alone, as in feeling lonely, but more connected to the existentialist idea of nothingness: living with absence as an experienced reality.
There are, of course, many other influences that come to bare on life: loved-ones, family, friends, places, time and memory. And, of course, God: Who, what, why and where is He? She? It? Not a noun, even? Maybe a verb: Being? Existence?
So, threading through most of the collection is the theme of existence in its most questioning sense. How it questions us as well as how we question it. It asks of life, society, religion, thinking, even, that big question: Why? But also, how wonderful! Although at times serious and cynical, at other times it is mocking and funny.
The five decades it covers shows the poet as thoughtful and introspective but also as uncommonly human and humorous.