I Almost Knew Him

through years we had

established friendship

constant talks, hours

of comforting company

but life interfered as

it has a habit of doing

and transformed friendship

into acquaintance

I knew him once as the

dearest of friends, now I

wonder what I may have

missed, whether I knew

enough, or if it must be said

I almost knew him


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on July 3, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. There is a great sentiment here which really resonates; and after all, how well do we ever know another. Fine writing.

  2. Great subject
    Great piece
    Have a happy
    As always Sheldon

  3. I felt so much in this piece. Beautiful!

  4. I like this poem because it resonates with me, many of my friendships in the past became acquaintances and I almost knew them.

  5. writingshitaboutlifeandallthat

    It’s heartbreaking to lose someone who was supposed to be your rock and your support but when you look back, you realise that, that person never really changed. He/she reveals more of himself/herself. Great way to put it across!

  6. I identify with this – sad.

  7. So true! I always thought I understood every move of this person but then couldn’t believe what happened. In the end, I think if we understand someone the most, that is ourselves.
    Great one to write about! I never thought about this one!

  8. Dream it Alive

    Very nice!

  9. I learn so much from you John. With every post of yours. And I don’t just mean literature. Life too. I am so glad I got in touch with this. Long Live WordPress 🙂

  10. Been there, done that, really feel the way it is. Thanks!

  11. This is another exceptional piece John, you’ve touched many of us with this sad poem.
    It’s very difficult for all of us to learn for the first time, that we won’t be friends for ever with all of our friends. Friends come and go, that’s just the way life is. Keeping this in mind it’s always important to enjoy every moment with your friends as much as possible and let them know how much and what they mean to you.
    Hats off to you John, great work! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! Friendship can be great and give us so many benefits. When those friends leave our lives it can bring us the lowest of lows but maybe it’s best to focus on the positive. We are likely better for having known that friend and for sharing what we shared with that friend. 🙂

  12. Really nice piece of writing. It really hurts when someone close does that to you. Going through that right now! A very good friend who had to move away for work, has gradually stopped keeping in touch. Think of all good times shared & miss her being around, maybe I didn’t mean as much to her as she meant to me!
    But must move over that now 😦

    • Thanks! Your situation sounds much like mine: a friend living 2 hours away becoming involved deeply in a relationship and I’ve lost touch with him. Those losses are hard because it can be such a slow and gradual thing. And if only they would call, text, message on Facebook…anything…but they don’t.

  13. this is bitter ..in a beautiful way 🙂

  14. Very nice. I really enjoyed this. It makes me think about all the people I had grown to know. And all the times I wondered where they went.

  15. this is a mouthful. deep and such a good read

  16. JoHanna Massey

    How many of us have had this experience..often several times. But few of us could ever consider speaking of it so eloquently. Thank you.

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