I Almost Knew Him
through years we had
constant talks, hours
of comforting company
but life interfered as
it has a habit of doing
and transformed friendship
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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Posted on July 3, 2015, in Poetry and tagged DoubleU, I Almost Knew Him, John White, Poetry. Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.
There is a great sentiment here which really resonates; and after all, how well do we ever know another. Fine writing.
Thank you, Chris! We can honestly only know each other as well as we allow others to know us.
Have a happy
As always Sheldon
Thank you, Sheldon! Hope you have a great Holiday weekend!
I felt so much in this piece. Beautiful!
Thank you, Justine! 🙂
I like this poem because it resonates with me, many of my friendships in the past became acquaintances and I almost knew them.
Thank you! It’s always sad to lose touch with close friends and then be left asking how we you knew them. It’s great to meet you!
It’s great to meet you too, I’m working to try to eliminate almost known friends. I currently don’t have any from moving around a lot so now is the perfect time to start!
I really hate to eliminate them just because there’s always that chance that we’ll wander back into each other’s lives but there are times that we have to let go unfortunately.
Sadly I had to let many go, whenever I try to reconnect with some, it just gets awkward and reestablishes that we’ve grown apart.
Those are the worst and the saddest situations. It hurts to have to let go.
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!
Thank you! Situations can change and circumstances can tear us apart but it truly is heartbreaking to lose someone who is that close to you.
I identify with this – sad.
Thanks! It can be tough…almost like a divorce from a dear friend and very sad.
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!
Thank you! It is best to know ourselves better than anyone. Losing a friend we knew so well can be painful though.
I was indeed disappointed! But still, when I turn around and see him, he’s still the same. I just got to learn a little more about him – and this surprised me!
It’s great he hadn’t changed. Here’s to recovered friendships!
I know! Thanks a lot!
Thank you! 🙂
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 🙂
Thank you so much, Tejas! I really appreciate that. And I’ll second that…Long live WordPress!!
Been there, done that, really feel the way it is. Thanks!
Thanks! It can be painful to lose touch with a friend and then feel as if you’re slowly losing them for good. It’s great to meet you!
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. 🙂
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.
this is bitter ..in a beautiful way 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 It’s great to meet you!
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.
Thank you! People come and go but it can be a painful experience to lose a friend by drifting apart.
this is a mouthful. deep and such a good read
Thank you, Josie! 🙂
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.
Thank you, JoHanna! Few things are more painful than having a friend slowly drift away. It’s great to meet you!
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