Does anyone have in their lives or know of anyone who they can use this poem as
March 6, 2007 6:11am CST
a way of describing the person they know? If so they are blessed. The poem I refer to is The Thousandth Man by Rudyard Kipling For those not familiar with it here it is. One man in a thousand, Solomon says, Will stick more close than a brother. And its worthwhile seeking him half your days If you find him before the other. Nine hundred and ninety nine depend On what the world sees in you. But the thousandth man will stand your friend, With the whole round world agin you. 'Tis neither promise, nor prayer, nor show Will settle the finding for 'ee Nine hundred and ninety nine of em go By your looks or your acts or your glory But if he finds you and you find him The rest of the world don't matter For the thousandth man will sink or swim With you in any water. You can use his purse with no more talk Than he uses yours for his spendings And laugh and meet in your daily walk As though there had been no lendings Nine hundred and ninety nine of em call For silver and gold in their dealings But the thousandth man he's worth em all Because you can show him your feelings. His wrongs your wrong, and his rights your right In season or out of season Stand up and back it in all men's sight With that for your only reason Nine hundred and ninety nine can't bide the shame or mocking or laughter But the thousandth man will stand by your side To the gallows foot and after! Are you blessed with such a friend that you know you can count on regardless, to stand by you? I hope so.
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6 Mar 07
You are lucky I also found such a person in my life, but I don't think it should be limited to man, to me at least when this poem says man, it means man as in human, not man as in male female. I realize that when Kipling wrote this it was of course regarding the honor of a man, but I do think that women can be this way as well. I was reminded of this poem today and so I thought hmm interesting how many others have found their thousandth man,