Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

He Sees Through Stone - Poem by Etheridge Knight

He sees through stone
he has the secret
eyes this old black one
who under prison skies
sits pressed by the sun
against the western wall
his pipe between purple gums

the years fall
like overripe plums
bursting red flesh
on the dark earth

his time is not my time
but I have known him
in a time gone

he led me trembling cold
into the dark forest
taught me the secret rites
to make it with a woman
to be true to my brothers
to make my spear drink
the blood of my enemies

now black cats circle him
flash white teeth
snarl at the air
mashing green grass beneath
shining muscles

ears peeling his words
he smiles
he knows
the hunt the enemy
he has the secret eyes
he sees through stone


Comments about He Sees Through Stone by Etheridge Knight

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (7/18/2016 10:03:00 PM)


    he led me trembling cold
    into the dark forest
    taught me the secret rites
    to make it with a woman
    to be true to my brothers
    to make my spear drink
    the blood of my enemies

    It is all about wisdom. Good poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/18/2016 7:23:00 AM)


    The title itself is very interesting and poem is fantastic. Thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (7/18/2016 4:22:00 AM)


    His time is not my time! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling Dutendra Chamling (11/15/2015 3:38:00 AM)


    He Sees Through Stone

    strong poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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