Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Person Next to You


As I work on some new content, I thought it was time to share one of my favorite poems. This was written by Prissy Galagarian, and shared with me by a mentor, Vernon Wall. In regards to fraternity, this poem speaks to me about relationships, brotherhood/sisterhood, and the ability that fraternity gives us to truly know each other.

The Person Next To You

The person next to you is the greatest miracle
and the greatest mystery you will ever
meet at this moment.

The person next to you is an inexhaustible
reservoir of possibility,
desire and dread,
smiles and frowns, laughter and tears,
fears and hopes,
all struggling to find expression.

The person next to you believes in something,
stands for something, counts for something,
lives for something, labors for something,
waits for something, runs from something,
runs to something.

The person next to you has problems and fears,
wonders how they’re doing,
is often undecided and unorganized
and painfully close to chaos!
Do they dare speak of it to you?

The person next to you can live with you
not just alongside you,
not just next to you.

The person next to you is a part of you.
for you are the person next to them.



1 comment:

  1. A lovely poem which I recently recited at my fraternity's annual Court of Honor dinner. Couldn't find out anything about the author on the internet though. Anyone know who she is?

    Only constructive criticism is that she mixes singular and plural pronouns in the 4th and 6th stanzas.

    Bruce Hudson
    bruce@hudsoncastlelaw.com

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