Nocturne of Loneliness

by You Have My Word


I imagine a nocturne is what loneliness must sound like. The only difference is that it takes many notes to make the sound. That said, notes like people – you can be surrounded and still be lonely. Like the nocturne.

A nocturne is written to be played. Further still, a nocturne is written to be heard. From within the loneliness, a sound comes out – sometimes soft, sometimes loud. From within, make yourself heard. Loneliness demands silence, but don’t give it authority.

In the words of Shane Koyczan: “Make us comprehend the urgency of your crisis. Silence left to its own devices, breed’s silence. So speak and be heard. One word after the next, express yourself and put your life in the context – if you find that no one is listening, be loud. Make noise. Stand in poise and be open.”

Play your nocturne, darling. Let them hear the notes. There may be loneliness but there doesn’t need to be silence. Let them hear the sound, let them hear your song. Be it soft or loud, gentle or grieved…

Play your nocturne and they will listen.