Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Thousandth Man

Following my post yesterday about betrayal I was reminded of a poem by Rudyard Kipling that Mark's dad gave me a copy of a few months ago.

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 h'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!


Anonymous said...

Excellent piece! Who is this thousandth man? Where can he be found?

Anonymous said...

this is great have you found your thousandth man and where i am still looking for mine

Billy Ritchie said...

He / She can be found all around but if you start by being the 1000th man they are attracted to you!

Anonymous said...

its all an illusion, its you and thats what its always gonna be!!

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