Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

He Sees Through Stone - Poem by Etheridge Knight

He sees through stone
he has the secret
eyes this old black one
who under prison skies
sits pressed by the sun
against the western wall
his pipe between purple gums

the years fall
like overripe plums
bursting red flesh
on the dark earth

his time is not my time
but I have known him
in a time gone

he led me trembling cold
into the dark forest
taught me the secret rites
to make it with a woman
to be true to my brothers
to make my spear drink
the blood of my enemies

now black cats circle him
flash white teeth
snarl at the air
mashing green grass beneath
shining muscles

ears peeling his words
he smiles
he knows
the hunt the enemy
he has the secret eyes
he sees through stone


Comments about He Sees Through Stone by Etheridge Knight

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/24/2018 12:10:00 AM)


    He sees through the stone.......most interesting and intuitive! (Report) Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (4/23/2018 11:16:00 AM)


    Wow! marvelous! I will be reading more of his poems. (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2018 9:16:00 AM)


    he led me trembling cold
    into the dark forest
    taught me the secret rites
    to make it with a woman
    to be true to my brothers
    to make my spear drink
    the blood of my enemies
    .
    such driving words
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/23/2018 2:32:00 AM)


    Such a splendid poem by Etheridge Knight👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/23/2018 1:42:00 AM)


    he has the secret eyes
    he sees through stone - - - fascinating concept and intriguing style
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (3/26/2018 8:08:00 AM)


    ears peeling his words
    he smiles
    he knows
    the hunt the enemy
    he has the secret eyes
    he sees through stone.lot of images teaching us the readers a very special way of life ..thanku dear poet. tony
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  • (1/13/2017 7:40:00 PM)


    .....a poem with vivid and striking imagery ★ well penned (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (7/18/2016 10:03:00 PM)


    he led me trembling cold
    into the dark forest
    taught me the secret rites
    to make it with a woman
    to be true to my brothers
    to make my spear drink
    the blood of my enemies

    It is all about wisdom. Good poem.
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/18/2016 7:23:00 AM)


    The title itself is very interesting and poem is fantastic. Thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/18/2016 4:22:00 AM)


    His time is not my time! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling (11/15/2015 3:38:00 AM)


    He Sees Through Stone

    strong poem.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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