…. and suddenly I realized that although I seemed to spend a great deal of my time alone, most of it in fact, the seeming was not quite right, as I’ been introduced to innumerable people by a long dead Sigmund Freud through his phrase, “remember always that in darker times there lived a one who thought as you do”, or something to that effect which I’ve modified slightly but at the same time, massively, by adding the corollaries, “are living” and “will live”, and today, by adding to that group of friends never met due to temporal or spatial limitants: “and those who never lived but in the imagination of others”, a crowd stemming from Gore Vidal’s fertile imagination immediately coming to mind, followed by a tumultuous, almost infinite multitude murmuring about quantum mechanics, among myriad other things, some of them orphans theretofore inchoately alive only in my own.

So, alone?

Rarely, very, very rarely.

But yes.

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2019; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation and linguistic studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at and much of his writing is available through his blog at

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