For as long as I remember
have I been a path-seeking,
out-of-place and often weird,
Forced to socialize by convention,
but by nature drawn to bare contemplation.
Enjoying the charms of conversation,
but mostly thriving in thought and reflection.
Only after half a life
of growth and learning
did I find a dancing balance
between duty to my fellow humans,
and that innermost need
for silence and solitude.
Peace, at last.