Joseph Anderson

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A One Eyed Man


This man with only one good eye,
Had labored long to find
The path to God, in a troubled world
That seemed completely blind.

He saw man's temples rise and fall,
He saw nature's wrath prevail;
He saw the mighty dominate
The humble, meek and frail.

He studied faith's theologies
And watched their wars unfold;
His two eyed friends excuses were-
'These things have been foretold'.

Still, on he searched the mysteries
Of life's final afterglow;
Till, void of hope, he realized
Some things we cannot know.

Today, they closed his one good eye,
As nature planned, he died;
Could he with two good eyes have seen,
What is on the other side?

Submitted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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  • Hans Vr (4/19/2014 1:54:00 AM)

    Beautiful. Life journey searching for truth. As long as we keep searching for Truth with a big T, we will keep discovering new things with the eye of our mind. Thought provoking and very nicely written poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gleb Zavlanov (8/3/2013 5:52:00 PM)

    This is an incredible, well-crafted poem. I really enjoyed it. Thanks and keep up the great work! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (3/27/2013 9:19:00 AM)

    Well Joseph you have really climbed on the top of the mountain with this one!
    A person can be totally blind and experience and learn a lot more than someone who
    can see. In the case of the one eyed man his sight was limited but his heart was not.
    I truly enjoyed this excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Ray Quesada (11/6/2012 1:16:00 PM)

    He saw man's temples rise and fall,
    He saw nature's wrath prevail;
    He saw the mighty dominate
    The humble, meek and frail. -- -- Joseph, this was my favorite part of your poem; I think the temples can be interpretted literally, but can also represent man's Ego, how a man's accomplishments through life continue to blind him from seeing himself as he truly is...but then in death it is taken all away, and all the power, wealth, etc. is like a crumbling monument to man's greed and ignorance. BEAUTIFUL poem my friend! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • John Brown (9/25/2012 2:15:00 PM)

    A great poem Joseph - and a killer last verse. I reckon it's good that we don't know what's around the corner, at least most of the time. (Report) Reply

  • Simon Odhiambo (8/6/2012 4:53:00 AM)

    This one eyed man, must have 'forseen' his death. And now with both eyes clossed, he sees what we cannot see.
    Thanks for this poem (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (7/9/2012 7:05:00 AM)

    Oooohhh Ahhhh! ! ! this caught me so off guard the last few lines brought every piece of my emotions to stand up to attention....lost one tear....beautiful piece, , , bravo dear joseph (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (5/8/2012 12:25:00 AM)

    Those with two good eyes couldn't see as much as the man with only one eye. So, I doubt that having two good eyes would have inabled the one-eyed man to see what is on the other side. A very thoughtful and clever write. I'm sorry for the man's loss of life. (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (4/18/2012 10:12:00 AM)

    2 eyes to see,2 hands to clap,2 legs to dance; no matter what we have it's how we use them that matters. Great poem my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Muzzammil (11/7/2010 10:28:00 AM)

    Your language is simple but message is great. A man who sees only one side of thing is poor like that one eyed man who couldn't see what was there on otherside of his eye. If a person beholds on only one side of thing, he can't enjoy properly and he'll be considered blind to that side. Anyhow, your poem is good to be appreciated. (Report) Reply

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