Monday, March 23, 2009

The Thousandth Man

One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine nundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth man will stand your friend
With the whole round world agin' you.

'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for 'ee.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em go
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory.
But if he finds you and you find him.
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.

You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man he's worth 'em all,
Because you can show him your feelings.

His wrong's your wrong, and his right's your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men's sight --
With that for your only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can't bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot -- and after!

-Rudyard Kipling


Sorrow said...

How are you? are you feeling like the 999th man?
Hang in there, tis the season for rebirth, and blooming is a beautiful way to be.

Ur-spo said...

that was lovely; thank you for sharing it.

ॐ JIMI THE HIPPIE ॐ said...

Hey Sis and Ur-s. Thanks for checkin' in... Things are going well here in the new place.

D-man is a blessing, really - but I have to watch - he gets out of control every so often. Almost in a bar brawl last evening (with 7 people)... I was playing the part of peacekeeper, naturally. Thank gawd they all weren't too loaded to listen to reason.

Sometimes I feel like I'm back in high school... lol

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