A Man I Knew Poem by Cj Heck

A Man I Knew

Rating: 4.8

There was a man I knew
and just knowing him
made me think of poetry.

Loving him, I learned
that accepting love
is as important as giving it

and the not-so-subtle difference
between loving lukewarm
and loving red-hot.

Love like that
can make you stupid -
a total-immersion kind of stupid,
but it made me want
to read poetry.

In a different time
and a different place
it might have worked

but it was over
and when the last page was turned
he was only a man I knew

no regrets
just one perfect memory
and because I loved him
I write poetry.


CJ: This is absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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Jerry Hughes 16 November 2005

agree with the ladies, C J. Magnifique!

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Mike Mccoy 08 December 2005

C.J. The emotional imagery is superb! As I read the poem the words stirred similar rememberences... thank you, Mike

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Scarlett Treat 01 February 2006

I read this poem, and there he was - - the one who got away. To this day I love and remember him as tho' he was here yesterday (it's been over 30 years.)

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I AM SOOO OUT OF HERE 12 June 2008

I just had a man come back in my life after 24 yrs. I love this write. Saving it. AIAB

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King Crow 22 October 2019

Boy this was a bittersweet one.

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Pietro 6 28 February 2016

You have to thank this man, it would be a pity keep inside, you are a very good writer

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Heather Wilkins 11 December 2013

being inspired by someone is nice. a large help when writing

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Adeline Foster 11 December 2013

Yes, there is always one who exerts a lasting influence on our lives. Read mine – Love’s Dirge - Adeline

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Patricia Grantham 25 September 2013

A very touching poem of love. Love that was once bright had dimmed. poetry gives you the freedom of expression. It does not place boundaries on you. Nice write, .

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Cj Heck

Cj Heck

Born in Columbus OH - living in Florida
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