Sonia Walker

Eating Alone

I have been writing poetry, short stories and articles of interest for over thirty years. Most of my writing has been published in small presses, journals and weekly community newspapers. It is enjoyable to receive positive feedback on my writing. Before retirement, I was an editor and co-publisher…

Eating alone puts me in
a self-conscious mood,
every bite I take, every spill I make,
feeling hundreds of eyes staring
at my attempts to appear as if
my unaccompanied dining event
is a once-in-a-while circumstance;
reading the newspaper provides a
fortress for my lonely feelings,
occasionally, I peek from behind
the printed wall and watch other
diners who share intimate glances,
laughter and coupleness.