Looking for a friend  

MasterDom1959 57M
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9/3/2006 5:59 am
Looking for a friend

If one thousand men
walking through this world
room to room to room
then home again
ask the favour of your friendship
know that I am one
within the thousand

If one hundred men
making do within this world
in city places
or the kindest country
fall down fighting for your friendship
know I am on the battlefield
amid the hundred

If twenty men
who know and knew this world
from crested hills
to uncrowned valley
send letters breathing friendship
expect my letter soon
among the twenty

If one man
living in this too-grey world
running crooked roads
or pacing pavements
comes in need of friendship
be not amazed or disbelieve,
I am that one man

And if no one comes to you
carrying a new world
in his arms or at his back
in a rolling wagon
offering it to you out of friendship
know that I have been detained
but even now am on my way

And if still no one comes
to you within this world
when a dozen years
or half of that has passed,
come and seek me out
for I’ll be surely lifeless
in a grave and gone

Perhaps you were hiding
or concerned with other,
larger things
but know that while I lived
I went on looking

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