A Man and His Island

Santa Barbara Island

Signal Peak and Sutil Island

I’m back from my week on Santa Barbara Island. It didn’t seem prudent to say this publicly before going, but Judy wasn’t able to come this time, so I spent the entire week completely alone. I was eager to do it, though. I was curious to know how difficult it would be. I didn’t find it difficult at all. While I prefer being there with Judy, I was able to handle the solitude—I enjoyed it—and could have easily stayed a second week. Now I’m back in the big city and having to make the same psychological adjustments I did last time.

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7 Responses to “A Man and His Island”

  1. Jeff W Says:

    Are you still looking for poetry sites: poetryfoundation.org

    • markbittner Says:

      I’m not looking for poetry sites. I’m looking for poetry in life. I’m looking for people with vision, who see truthfully.

  2. tz Says:

    I envy your time of solitude on the island. It sounded like the perfect antidote to the noise and clutter of life. Nature herself provides all the stimulation our senses need.

    • markbittner Says:

      An imperfect antidote in that it creates deeper dissatisfaction with life here in the city and a longing to return to the island. I have to create the peace of that world here somehow.

  3. David Says:

    The wisest person sees only part of the big picture. Great visionaries have all had their flaws and struggled to find their part of the truth. That said, poetry in life is a high ideal — makes me think of Blake.

    • markbittner Says:

      I’ve never read Blake. Bits and pieces here and there. I keep meaning to. I’m currently reading Lord Byron.

  4. tz Says:

    … an imperfect antidote… yes, agreed.

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