Brian Patten

(7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

One Another’s Light - Poem by Brian Patten

I do not know what brought me here
Away from where I’ve hardly ever been and now
Am never likely to go again.

Faces are lost, and places passed
At which I could have stopped,
And stopping, been glad enough.

Some faces left a mark,
And I on them might have wrought
Some kind of charm or spell
To make their futures work,

But it’s hard to guess
How one person on another
Works an influence.
We pass, and lit briefly by one another’s light
Hope the way we go is right.


Comments about One Another’s Light by Brian Patten

  • Rajnish Manga (5/26/2017 12:32:00 AM)


    How one person on another
    Works an influence.
    We pass, and lit briefly by one another’s light
    We co-exist in the society where we are inter-dependent. Knowingly or unknowingly we influence each other to some extent. This fact has nicely been captured in the poem. Thanks, Brian.
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  • M Sagnik Das (5/25/2017 12:47:00 PM)


    very good very good.. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (5/25/2017 11:45:00 AM)


    Nice poem on how we leave an impression on others when we meet them for a brief period. Nicely done. Congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (5/25/2017 3:42:00 AM)


    a poem of believing in someone then hoping they are right? ..........well written. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/25/2017 3:01:00 AM)


    Faces are lost! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/25/2017 2:59:00 AM)


    A moderately good write lacking perspective or insightfulness. (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2017 1:53:00 AM)


    Vivid thoughts on how we influence and are influenced by people and places we encounter. Great. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/25/2017 12:42:00 AM)


    To make their futures work... thanks for posting..... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/1/2017 11:10:00 AM)


    Hopeful poem, motovation and inspiring. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/5/2013 8:36:00 AM)


    Hope the way we go is right
    We all conduct our lives with good faith that our way will be right. Beautiful poem with nice expression. Thank you.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 8, 2012



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