Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts

I Knew A Man By Sight

Rating: 3.5
I knew a man by sight,
A blameless wight,
Who, for a year or more,
Had daily passed my door,
Yet converse none had had with him.

I met him in a lane,
Him and his cane,
About three miles from home,
Where I had chanced to roam,
And volumes stared at him, and he at me.

In a more distant place
I glimpsed his face,
And bowed instinctively;
Starting he bowed to me,
Bowed simultaneously, and passed along.

Next, in a foreign land
I grasped his hand,
And had a social chat,
About this thing and that,
As I had known him well a thousand years.

Late in a wilderness
I shared his mess,
For he had hardships seen,
And I a wanderer been;
He was my bosom friend, and I was his.

And as, methinks, shall all,
Both great and small,
That ever lived on earth,
Early or late their birth,
Stranger and foe, one day each other know.
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COMMENTS
Michael Walker 01 August 2019
A very touching narrative about the slow growth of his friendship with this man, who was a stranger at first. It is charming that they bowed to each other first, then later shook hands, and only then had a chat. I like this poem.
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stranger is he who the unknown passer by and the poet sees him in several opportunities and it is a mystery of identity and anyway a poem much interested.
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Daphne Grant 12 March 2007
I think, and I may be wrong that the mystery of life is somehow in the Author's mind. How many friends we might have made it's all a question of circumstance, the where and the when.It's like Dons No man is an island too. And another quotation, that an enemy is out there, turn him into a friend. Daphne Grant
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Terri Lynn Baker 10 June 2006
When One Writes or Paints a picture...This comes from the HEART. If others choose to respond or view This...These reactions come from the SOUL. How One decides to *PERCEIVE IT ALL...IS entirely up to themselves. ~SUPPORT IS STRENGTH~
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