Friendship Poem by Henry David Thoreau


Rating: 3.7

I think awhile of Love, and while I think,
Love is to me a world,
Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
Tween heaven and earth.

I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I'm dumb.

For if the truth were known, Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out 'twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love's bands more tight,
Service he ne'er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move


Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter's storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow's pride,
For both are strong

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined

Aamir Sheikh 18 June 2016

Handsome poem :)

23 18 Reply

this is really a wonderful poem

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Jeanette Telusma 06 May 2017

Kudos.... I enjoyed this poem and loved the flow and truth it brought to light. Thank you.

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Kebe Iwara 19 April 2012

This poem takes me to the walden pond of my tears. Very moving, as if of anything true, and ingenuously portrayed.

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Gopal Varma 12 June 2013

Annie Bing, You hit the nail on the head.

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JimmyJohn 14 October 2020

My mum hates me. She beats me please send help

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María 13 October 2020

Tía too long no one cares its stupid

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Shafaq 03 December 2019

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Pratiksha 15 October 2019

Nice poem .....

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Salma Patel 27 May 2019

I think it’s a good experience thing for kids to show how much friends are to them and how there in Times of need

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
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