Matt Johnston


On A Crowded Street - Poem by Matt Johnston

On a crowded street
I came upon a man openly sobbing;
He clutched his breast
While his shoulders softly heaved.
So touched was I by this
That unbeknownst my arms were reaching,
They took his head upon my chest.
And as he sobbed I wept,
Warm tears upon his head.
And as I wept another came
Moist eyed, she asked in broken voice
“Why… what is so sad? ”
But he could not answer.
And I did not know.


Comments about On A Crowded Street by Matt Johnston

  • Brian Johnston (12/22/2013 3:22:00 PM)


    Another good title choice Matt. I think you are doing fine. The repletion of title and 1st line reinforces the sense of place, adds to the serendipity of the experience, and your ability to just be there for another person. Forget the poem and it is still job well done! What can I do to encourage you to write more? (Report) Reply

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  • (4/27/2008 11:53:00 PM)


    Celestial webs are spun around chance encounters of kindness- (Report) Reply

  • Colin J... (4/26/2008 10:28:00 AM)


    The kindness of strangers is one of the most beautiful things we can experience in life...
    Colin J...
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  • (4/22/2008 9:44:00 PM)


    The closure of this writing was both natural and achieved flawless finality. I think that less stress on the rhyme scheme would have allowed you to express a more dimensional perspective of the situation. (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2008 8:36:00 PM)


    You should get some of these published in a magazine or something. Well done (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2008 7:32:00 PM)


    A very touching straight from the heart write! ! Great read Matt! *10*! !
    Best regards, Friend Thad
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 18, 2008



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