Henry David Thoreau

(12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862 / Concord, Massachusetts)

Friendship Poem by Henry David Thoreau


I think awhile of Love, and while I think,
Love is to me a world,
Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
Tween heaven and earth.

I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I'm dumb.

For if the truth were known, Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out 'twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates
Eternally;

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love's bands more tight,
Service he ne'er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move
Resistlessly.

______

Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter's storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow's pride,
For both are strong

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined
Insep'rably.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 60 Points Sharvali Shinde (11/3/2014 8:25:00 AM)

    really.......HAT'S OFF! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 7:27:00 PM)

    .............this is a beautiful write....only thing is I would have titled this Love....and not Friendship.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,818 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/18/2014 9:38:00 AM)

    A good lovely poem and so much interested to read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cambridge Keenan (11/21/2013 11:08:00 PM)

    Lovely poems you have David, I too am dumb to love, tis a wondrous thing that cannot be contained. Cheers (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gopal Varma (6/12/2013 8:04:00 PM)

    Annie Bing, You hit the nail on the head. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,558 Points Is It Poetry (4/18/2013 5:38:00 PM)

    The lilt the ire.
    These things in us,
    in man now lost desired.,

    A man of graven line.
    Etched in the soul.
    This sevice to another,
    makes O
    it makes us whole.

    Fewer come now more
    than once before...iip (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jeannette Chung (4/18/2013 11:33:00 AM)

    Jeannette Chung is a big believer in friendship. Very beautiful Mr. Thoreau, you are a star.10/10, would reckomend (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (4/18/2013 10:41:00 AM)

    Thoreau, always the idealist, set the highest of standards in all facets of life: relationships, work, morals, etc, ...society's shortcomings, as he saw them, made a recluse of him at Walden Pond. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 60 Points Kebe Iwara (4/19/2012 8:49:00 AM)

    This poem takes me to the walden pond of my tears. Very moving, as if of anything true, and ingenuously portrayed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Annie Bing (4/18/2012 2:27:00 PM)

    Love is synonymous with deep friendship. Also can't be spoken of only a feeling and a knowing. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,593 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (4/18/2012 2:13:00 PM)

    What a nice try to define love! So intensely a relation poet tries to define. Actually the relation like friendship has been observed by very deep ray of light where individualism and our existence....according to poet Down to their deepest source, .....Their roots are intertwined / Insep'rably. Very smart the expression yet so contemporary. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rowlin Van Wyk (4/18/2012 2:07:00 PM)

    I must say, it is written in a nice way. It trully express. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Funom Makama (4/18/2012 1:43:00 PM)

    I love this poem, so great. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (4/18/2012 10:51:00 AM)

    Thoreau was an idealist in matters of the heart and suffered great heartbreak after being rejected by a woman he loved, so he went to live in seclusion on Walden Pond. He loved this woman and wouldn't settle for anyone else. He lived his words. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,842 Points Babatunde Aremu (4/18/2012 10:11:00 AM)

    Yeah! this is a wonderful poem. No matter how we try love is a mystery but attractive (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Katie Pritchett (4/18/2012 8:29:00 AM)

    very good! you write better than me! ! ! great poem's, although im only 16 so ya that explains why you are better at writeing i enjoy writeing but loveee it (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,092 Points Unwritten Soul (4/18/2011 10:57:00 AM)

    Like a ring the words he said holding and protecting diamond/gems that is equal to friendship...I must agree with JH poetry, it has more romance flavors than friendship things in this write but wait....friendship also is kind of love shaped right so this is true. There is no doubt that this poem such a great write and filled with tenderness heart and softness words. Such beautiful write in details and classy_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,393 Points Elena Sandu (4/18/2011 8:34:00 AM)

    Love! Yes, there is nothing greater then love, love makes best connection, my soul believes that love might be the best friendship that any heart can get..if love trully comes in your heart then hopefully will never leave your sight, all you need to is to open eyes and look around then love itself might open the door to other hearts..Love can be shared to anything by anyone, unlimited.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mohammad Akmal Nazir (4/18/2011 5:54:00 AM)

    Surely it is one of the best poems of the poet. He solely deals with love not friendship. Love is the base of every relationship. The poet seems to be extremely realistic on the issue of love. Great poem with great sentiments. Excellent work of the poet. I must thank poemhunter for making us share this lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie JH Poetry (11/9/2010 6:11:00 PM)

    seems more of a romance than pure friendship, he sensually details... (Report) Reply

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