I have learned to sit with Loneliness,
over lavender and chamomile tea,
we chat about my failures
and other people’s happiness.
She reminds me of my transient role—
make them better (better husbands,
better partners, better friends)
for someone else.
Sometimes she tells me
to count the cats
that curl their hot-
box bodies into mine
at night, making the too-
large bed feel small.
She whispers, “get
used to it.”
Rowe Carenen is a poet in Greenville, SC (Rowe likes to claim Travelers Rest despite being three miles outside the limit). Rowe has published a complete collection of poetry, In the Meantime, from Neverland Press, and has had works in various journals including GERM, The Revenant Culture, and others. Currently, Rowe works as the Director of Finance and Administration for the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation and as a freelance editor and occasional publicist.