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Poem of the Day > 99. Praise of a Man - Norman McCaig

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message 1: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments He went through a company like a lamplighter –
see the dull minds, one after another,
begin to glow, to shed
a beneficent light.

He went through a company like
a knifegrinder – see the dull minds
scattering sparks of themselves,
becoming razory, becoming useful.

He went through a company
as himself. But now he's one
of the multitudinous company of the dead
where are no individuals.

The beneficent lights dim
but don't vanish. The razory edges
dull, but still cut. He's gone: but you can see
his tracks still, in the snow of the world.


message 2: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments Sorry to be late with this post, I had an early appointment.

I love this poem, it reminds me that the effect you have on people remains even when you aren't there.


message 3: by Lee (last edited Nov 18, 2013 04:51AM) (new)

Lee This is lovely - it makes me think of the effect Coleridge had on people.
It reminds me a little of our Poem 30 "B Flat" by D A Stewart although the Rev Henry White seems to have left rather less tracks than the subject of this poem


message 4: by Laurel (new)

Laurel | 1486 comments Mod
I love this Hilary!


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