Spock the Vegan

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Unknown Title - Poem by Spock the Vegan

As I was walking home far from sober,
my feet began to stutter so I lay down in the gutter,
and a pig came by and lay down by my side.

A woman walking by was heard to say,
"You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses, "
and the pig got up and slowly walked away.

(Author Unknown)

Topic(s) of this poem: drinking, judgement


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I used this poem in a talk on judgement I gave in Sunday School in my youth.

Comments about Unknown Title by Spock the Vegan

  • Mihaela PirjolMihaela Pirjol (2/26/2020 10:37:00 AM)

    " You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses, - I like that! And yet, there is always an emotional side to it: Isn't it? (Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/27/2019 1:29:00 PM)

    (5)
    By the way, you were also correct about the author of the poem. It is indeed " Unknown" .
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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/27/2019 1:28:00 PM)

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    One night in late October,
    when I was far from sober,
    returning with my load of manly pride,
    my feet began to stutter,
    so I lay down in the gutter,
    and a pig came near and lay down by my side.
    A lady passing by was heard to say:
    " You can tell a man who boozes,
    by the company he chooses, "
    and the pig got up and slowly walked away.
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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/27/2019 1:14:00 PM)

    comment part 3
    The title of the poem is
    Judged by the Company One Keeps
    and is found on page 480 of the book mentioned before. It is actually all in one stanza,
    and I will try to include the whole thing in part 4 of the comment (maximum is 300 characters) .
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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/25/2019 11:06:00 PM)

    (Comment continued, part 2)
    You have done a very good job of remembering this poem. The first stanza is slightly different from what I remember, but the second stanza you MAY have word for word!

    I remember the first line went more like this:
    One night in late October, when I was far from sober...

    and then there was a second line that ended with " manly pride" .

    Once again, great job in remembering as much as you did!
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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/25/2019 10:53:00 PM)

    I have this poem in a book printed in 1936,
    The Best-Loved Poems of the American People.
    I just had this book in my hand a day or two ago, and now it seems to have disappeared. When I find it I will let you know the title.
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  • Panagiota Romios (12/19/2019 4:12:00 PM)

    Sounds exactlly like a Jim Croce song I played on my guitar. (Report)Reply

    Spock The Vegan(12/19/2019 10:41:00 PM)

    Thanks for your comment Panagiota.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 19, 2019



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