A winter's day
In a deep and dark December
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow

I am a rock
I am an island

I've built walls
A fortress deep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship, friendship causes pain
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain

I am a rock
I am an island

Don't talk of love
But I've heard the word before
It's sleeping in my memory
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried

I am a rock
I am an island

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me

I am a rock
I am an island

And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries


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I Am A Rock Lyrics as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentBeautiful about longing for human contact whilst dead on the inside eaten up by fear, sorrow and so on, I loved it first time, still do. Outstanding lyrics; easy while serious. A realistic but sad, lonely and anxious poem from rock bottom - a present from a not-so-nice present. Paul S. is a serious and a truthful author. "I am a rock" could be losing a loved one, being lonely and dying, somebody lonely & longing for death, or someone longing for life but frightened and stuck in a labyrinth...It´s made in the spirit of "Paint it, black", but has more hope, a restless urge, a desperate need for something beyond self-loathing, pain & darkness. Inside a fortress worrying for the terrible outside, I always sensed cries for help between the lines. Searching a world without the mercilessness outside. The poetry one protects oneself with=contradiction, to ask the wolf for directions when lost in the forest...
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