The Stranger

The Stranger

A Poem by Stanley R. Teater

A test of manhood.


A stranger came to me.

What beast are you? said he.


No beast. A man I be.

No more, no less, said I.


You a man? I think not.

A bear, a dog perhaps?


            Stranger, have you no eyes?

            Two legs have I. Two arms.

            No fur. No claw. No tail.

            It is a man you see.


            Then do what men must do.

            To prove a man you be.


            And what is that I pray?


            Think and dream. Dare to be

            More than you’re meant to be.

            I’ll wait and watch and see.


            With crossed arms and raised brow

            A look of doubt he cast.


            I thought and thought and thought.

            I did not understand

            How to be more than me.

            Anger grew hot inside.


I am a man! I cried,

            And struck him down.

            It was a mighty blow,

            A deadly blow I fear.


            Before he closed his eyes

            He looked at me and said,

            Ah, yes. I see it now.

A man you be indeed.


© 2016 Stanley R. Teater

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© 2016 Stanley R. Teater

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Flowed very smoothly, was a very pleasurable read. Great poem!

- G.W. :)

Posted 2 Years Ago

Think and dream. Dare to be. More than you’re meant to be. I’ll wait and watch and see, wow! I love your poem! how easily the words flow and combine, its simply beautiful.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Very nice poem Stanley. A beast he was inside I think and he just wanted to deny it to himself.

Posted 3 Years Ago

A man because he has a choice, maybe a beast because he doesn't know why he's a man. Brilliant. Being human certainly means more than our simple daily grind. If we do no more than we think, if we do no more than our routine, we are probably not very far removed from beasts.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Unfortunately so many have different opinions of what makes us men.Truth is what makes us men is what we have within our heart not how tough,tall,goodlooks,or how many women you conquest good expression though

Posted 3 Years Ago

It is so smooth to read, I love the way you express it. Thank you for sharing.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Think and dream. Dare to be
More than you’re meant to be.
I’ll wait and watch and see.

This made me think more that I thought it should lol

Posted 3 Years Ago

OMG...loved this piece.
Talk about a powerful statement.
Loved these lines:
Think and dream. Dare to be/More than you’re meant to be.
Only to have that noble thought crushed by your ending...but sooo true. So very true.
Great piece.

Posted 3 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I liked reading this! Portrays exactly the emotions of humans with feelings. Good job ☺

Posted 3 Years Ago

I admire your control. I found it easygoing, familiar even, so convincingly done that I failed to see its culmination. Delightful.

Posted 3 Years Ago

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Stanley R. Teater
Stanley R. Teater

Cedar Park, TX

Writing fiction has always been a dream. After 36 years working in television station marketing and advertising I grew tired of writing 30-second commercials and promos. I retired and I now write fict.. more..


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