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This is an email from A Place To Call My Own, a newsletter by Isolation.


A Letter From Isolation #10

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Isolation is a reminder that this is a place to call my own.

“I think heartbreak is something that you learn to live with as opposed to learn to forget.” — Kate Winslet

These letters used to go out on the 30th of every month and recap the prior month of poetry, but I took a long break. I came back because of heartbreak So, here I am. As with all of my newsletters, all links in them are friend links, so that anyone can read them for free. Also, the text is just a preview of the full poem. Click the link to read the whole thing.

The poems will be grouped by month for now on the publication page, but soon I will begin to create some personal collections. It feels nice to have a place to call my own. Thank you for reading.

The only way to heal
is to process the pain
and create a brand new
understanding of love

Highlighted Poems From August

Under My Skin

I’ve been putting stuff
under my skin for years
and it’s packed tight
with sorrow and angst
so even the smell of you
is too much to hold


Nights are where it all weighs on me
the weight of a thousand kisses
and the loss of them at the same time
while I try desperately to sleep it off
as my eyes never close far enough
to give me even an ounce of solace

Punching Bag

Some days I feel like you are still
using me as your punching bag
with your abject silence
as if a careless whisper would be
just a little bit too much for you
because you have to protect
the same person who tore me

A Highlight From the Past


My pens are lined up
My papers stacked
My clothes folded just so
My shoes organized by season
and my books, oh, my books
color-coded to the end of the world
in a way that even Bookstagrammers
would shudder at and pay homage to
but those books don’t write my story
of scribbled memories
and scratched dreams
and unforsaken grief
which leaves me wallowing
in a tiny pit of self-hatred
and so, so messy


It’s hard to admit you are hurting or that you’ve been so hurt, but this is exactly what words are for. I chose to come back and release them in order to release me.


“Sometimes a little heartbreak is a lesson, and the best thing to do is just learn the lesson.” — Jon Voight



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Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene


Father, poet, writer, real estate investor/team leader, certified life coach, sociable introvert. Curating a meaningful life. IG: trustgreene |