A good friend and I were talking about poetry the other night, and about our favorite poems. I’ve had the same favorite poem since I was about, oh, I don’t know, 10 or 11, when my Dad first shared it with me. I used to have a copy of it hanging by my desk at work, but that was a few jobs ago and it’s been lost.
Thinking about it the other night made me want to share it here; it partially explains why I’m kind of obsessive about staying in touch with my friends.
It’s called “Around the Corner,” and it’s by Charles Hanson Towne, written in 1900:
Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friend’s face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
“Tomorrow” I say! “I will call on Jim
Just to show that I’m thinking of him”,
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
“Here’s a telegram sir,” “Jim died today.”
And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
Go ahead. Call or email someone you haven’t talked to in a while. You’ll feel better.
**This is another one of those websites that couldn’t possibly exist, but it does.
There’s a new dating website for those who have never experienced the joys of sex. It’s called YouandMeArePure.com, and it’s supposed to only be a matching site for virgins.
I, like this writer here, have lots of questions. How can they really be sure that members are truly virgins? Are virgins somehow only attracted to other virgins?
And on a site like this, is the sexual innuendo even more tame than on other sites? Like, is a hot and steamy conversation something like, “I really want to touch your left thigh?”
No, seriously, all jokes aside, I think this is a useful site. Everyone who’s still a virgin past age 16 thinks they’re the only one in the world like them. And any website that makes people feel less alone is a good thing in my book.