126 comments on “An Empty Apartment

  1. Secrets says:

    So good Ben, you’re really grooving with your muse lately πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  2. gabychops says:

    I hope that your poem is not based on a real event but rather “if” it was going to happen.

    It is an excellent reminder of what really matters in life, and how love is the greatest gift.

    Thank you, Benjamin,


  3. SensiSpirit says:

    Very touching. 🌹

  4. asthaisha says:

    Soo good πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  5. Hasan Adan says:

    That ending is brillant Benjamin. It made me remember that even if you lose material things it can almost be replaced. However the same can’t be said about people because we can choose to either come back or not at all. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday Benjamin!

  6. No matter what one loses, he/ she is blessed to always have the love of their life Ben πŸ’

  7. vintageblack says:

    Simply and meaningfully beautiful, Benjamin πŸ™‚

  8. Msdedeng says:

    Oh my gosh! did this happen? if so, I am sorry. However, your poem is so humbling, makes one think of what’s important in life.

  9. I was showing your blog to one of my friend and suddenly, I unfollowed you by mistake. Haha! Sorry for that, followed you back. This is beautiful.

  10. Wonderful! You are very talented, Benjamin. πŸ™‚

  11. Ace says:

    Aww this is so touching and beautiful!! I absolutely love it! Amazingly done as always!! Keep shining my friend πŸ–€πŸ€—

  12. crimsonposy says:

    “I still had everything”…enough said.

  13. Lia says:

    So very beautiful. Always deep in few words! A good reminder. It feels very Mr Knightly somehow, a good tutorial for us all. Your poems make me smile. Or want to curtsey/bow deeply! ;)) πŸ™πŸ€“πŸ˜Έ

  14. R. says:

    I can’t help but applause and whisper β€œAh! wow” after every poem I read here.
    Love x

  15. Cassa Bassa says:

    This is such a perspective and priority of what really matters. Love it! Simple and with gratefulness.

  16. You captured it Benjamin! When forced to choose what is really important and irreplaceable…well of course it is love:)❀️ I admire your skill to lead us on for 4 whole lines:):)…but then deliver, a totally satisfying last line!

  17. People are irreplaceable ❀️❀️❀️

  18. tara caribou says:

    A sharp reminder that the most important things aren’t things, but people and relationships.

  19. V.J. Knutson says:

    It’s all perspective. Still violation hurts.

  20. Alina says:

    The last line changed everything! Beautiful πŸ‘

  21. Chris Hall says:

    You remind us what’s important! Good one πŸ™‚

  22. That’s how we know that sometime a person is home and no materialistic object can ever replace the presence.

  23. wardah says:

    This is so short but so sweet at the same time. Love it!

  24. kittysverses says:

    This is a lovely reminder of what really matters. Beautiful poem. πŸ™‚

  25. Hi Ben, very touching. Keep it going….

  26. yassy says:

    Effortless verse. Wonder how you write like you do.

  27. From tragedy to elation in the space of a couple breaths – you amaze me, Benjamin! 🌞

  28. Lokesh Sastya says:

    Worthy wordsβ€οΈπŸ’–

  29. Erlyn Olivia says:

    Wow, I didn’t expect that ending. Nice one!

  30. Your short poems are wonderful and convey a lot, Benjamin! Loved this one too.

  31. judeitakali says:


  32. Shanyu says:

    I can clearly see why your bio says what it does. Clearly a starry eyes, romantic you are. This was beautiful beautiful poetry. Ah, some mindboggling effortlessness in all of your poetry.

  33. This is so evocative. I literally switched up
    My physiology from β€œand then you walked in”

  34. Aarushi says:

    this is so sweet, I should be wary of diabetes

  35. Wow!!! This literally warmed my heart.Excellent!!!❀️

  36. Marlapaige says:

    As usual, the images were exquisite and the emotion is palpable. Both of you are very lucky. If I had written this, it would be the polar opposite:
    Came home and the windows were intact
    The place full of old junk,
    All of my belongings taken years ago
    And then you walked out
    And I remembered:
    I have nothing left.

    • That poem you wrote on the fly is awesome. You should totally post that one! And it just kinda became like a companion piece to mine, or a contrast poem. So good! Love that you shared this. But yeah, that is a sad one and polar opposite. To feel that way about someone really is lucky for sure. It’s not a feeling I would want to let go of if I had my choice in the matter. Thanks for all your comments and readings, seriously. And again, I like what you wrote here!

      • Marlapaige says:

        Thank you! As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s mere reaction to what you’ve written. Mine is darker because I’m in a darker place, but it wouldn’t exist, as it is, if you hadn’t written yours.

      • Yeah, exactly. That makes sense. It’s really cool to see it. It works together and alone.

      • Marlapaige says:

        I will say your writing is inspiring, even if it inspires more sad emotions from me…it still inspires me to write, which is a beautiful thing.

      • Wow! That really makes my heart and soul smile on this day. Thanks a lot! Hopefully I can make you feel happier things, though. There is a beauty to sadness but I still prefer the beauty of happiness.

      • Marlapaige says:

        Your kindness and patience do make a difference. Perhaps happiness, true happiness that sustains is not yet in my cards, but it will be. It will just take a long while to get there. 20 years is a truly long time to love someone 1.5 months is truly not long enough to unlove someone. I will always love that someone, just trying to turn it into something other than what it was has a lot of growing pains and hurts along with it. It really would be so much easier if I could hate him. In my mind, as we had been talking about colors before, both love and hate are a fiery red (hate being a bit brighter because it burns so hot for a while). Indifference is almost a white – an absence of all color. It’s hard to get to white when you only feel one the darker shade of red except in rare moments where it blazes up the night sky but subsides just as quickly to a deep red ember. White comes much faster when both reds clash all the time, it comes more slowly when one burns bright while the other sits as embers waiting for 2 am to flash up and die down.

      • Yeah, happiness can come and go. And by true happiness it’s kind of like a contentment. That’s a good place to get to. And I think we all can reach that point, and it’s only knowing that it takes us all different points of our lives to reach it. I have no clue how long it takes to unlove someone, and perhaps you never fully do? I think when you really love someone they never leave your soul, but maybe you can move on to extent that you can love someone else more. But it’s such a deep thing to know and feel and think about. We could never really fully get to any answer here. Besides, I think philosophy teaches that you never really get to the answers of anything … we just take the time to add to the conversation and it all becomes a way of thinking about certain thing. But I can say that I wish you the best in it all. This: “true happiness that sustains is not yet in my cards, but it will be.” Yes! “[…] it will be!”

      • Marlapaige says:

        I have no idea how long it takes either…nor do I want to. I chose love, even if it hurts. It would just be easier if there was hate. The best I can do is aim at achieving the happiness I can and enjoy it as long as it lasts and know it will come back when the dark night ghosts float away

      • It’s always best to hold onto to love. It’ll get you where you need to go. And even in hate there is a love to hate. So love never goes away from anything. I just wish you feel at peace soon!

      • Marlapaige says:

        Thank you πŸ™πŸŒΊ

      • Marlapaige says:

        Can I have permission to post yours on my site so i can put my response on?

      • Sure, please do. The happiness/sadness shift is really cool. Keep creating.

  37. […] love much of his poetry, and one piece in particular entitled “An Empty Apartment” triggered me to comment with a piece of my own written on the fly. He said that I should […]

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