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Friday, January 3, 2003

A Considerable Speck

Rating: 3.2
(Microscopic)

A speck that would have been beneath my sight
On any but a paper sheet so white
Set off across what I had written there.
And I had idly poised my pen in air
To stop it with a period of ink
When something strange about it made me think,
This was no dust speck by my breathing blown,
But unmistakably a living mite
With inclinations it could call its own.
It paused as with suspicion of my pen,
And then came racing wildly on again
To where my manuscript was not yet dry;
Then paused again and either drank or smelt--
With loathing, for again it turned to fly.
Plainly with an intelligence I dealt.
It seemed too tiny to have room for feet,
Yet must have had a set of them complete
To express how much it didn't want to die.
It ran with terror and with cunning crept.
It faltered: I could see it hesitate;
Then in the middle of the open sheet
Cower down in desperation to accept
Whatever I accorded it of fate.
I have none of the tenderer-than-thou
Collectivistic regimenting love
With which the modern world is being swept.
But this poor microscopic item now!
Since it was nothing I knew evil of
I let it lie there till I hope it slept.

I have a mind myself and recognize
Mind when I meet with it in any guise
No one can know how glad I am to find
On any sheet the least display of mind.
Robert Frost
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COMMENTS
Buddy Robinson 19 July 2018
A most readable poet. Not just because of how he uses words, but because he has something worth reading.
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Dhruv Mulmule 01 January 2018
Made my day
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Jamie Black 28 February 2016
A gentle soul demonstrates a minding for all minds, large or small.
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Lily Barnes 13 January 2016
cool poem, bro! tell it again. maybe at a party sometime.
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Raymond Farrell 15 May 2015
Great poem no beating around the bush just straight the point and masterfully crafted. If most of the poetry in the world were like this people would start again en masse.
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Raymond Farrell 15 May 2015
Great poem no beating around the bush just straight to the point and masterfully crafted. If most of the poetry in the world were like this people would start again en masse.
2 3 Reply
Mark Arvizu 20 January 2015
Run Forest run! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Coolguy B 04 November 2014
Awesome Amazing Poem!
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Dawn Fuzan 27 April 2014
This us really good
5 5 Reply
Brian Jani 26 April 2014
Awesome I like this poem, check mine out
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