‘Parallel Man’ by Roy E. Peterson The Society April 7, 2022 Beauty, Poetry 20 Comments . Parallel Man As I was going to the fair, I met a man with silver hair. The more I looked how could it be? He looked an awful lot like me, ‘Cept furrowed brow and walking cane. Perhaps my thoughts were just insane. Perhaps it was a twist of fate. He started to communicate. He said something I thought perverse: “I’m from another universe.” Then something I remember well: “My universe is Parallel.” Since we were walking to the fair, I did not want to stop and stare. I thought with growing hesitation A figment of imagination Was walking to the fair with me— Just move along and let him be. I realized that we were stuck Together by some stroke of luck. And like a shadow on the trail I tried to lose to no avail. If I walked faster, so did he. I guess he wanted company. I told the man from Parallel, “I hope that you are doing well.” His voice was deep; his words were pointed— “I am the one who was anointed.” I listened to the words he said: “I am the conscience in your head. Although you think it quite absurd, You need to listen to each word. “I have some things to say to you. I parallel the things you do. You still are young and I am old. Trust in the truth that you’ve been told. Our paths will always intertwine, Since we are one of the same vine. The paths you choose will change me too. Be careful of the things you do. “Now go and have fun at the fair,” Said the man with silver hair. “Enjoy the rides, enjoy the sun. Enjoy your friends and have some fun. Remember that we had a talk And by your side I’ll always walk.” . . LTC Roy E. Peterson is a writer, retired U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer, and Foreign Commercial Officer who currently resides in Texas. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 20 Responses Allegra Silberstein April 7, 2022 Great poem…Thanks for beginning my day with delight. Reply Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 Bless you, Allegra! You made my day, also! Reply Paul Freeman April 7, 2022 ‘Parallel Man’. What a brilliant name and idea for a film? I really enjoyed this poem, especially after the news that we may have a parallel universe that’s contracting rather than expanding, and where time runs backwards. Thanks for the intriguing read, Roy. Reply Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 What great thoughts and comments, Paul! How fitting are your thoughts! Reply Mike Bryant April 7, 2022 Roy, I love sci-fi and I love poetry, so I just gotta love this. I searched ‘Parallel Man’ on YouTube and found several sci-fi shorts, So many ways this topic can be played out… I like the way you went with it. https://m.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEA&search_query=parallel+man Reply C.B. Anderson April 7, 2022 I have been deep into science fiction, Mike, for the past fifty years or so. I would like to share with you some of the best books I have read in the recent past. Vernor Vinge’s A Fire upon the Deep is an absolute classic, and its sequel should not be missed. His separate work, A Deepness in the Sky is something else I would highly recommend. And then there is David Brin’s Uplift Wars saga, which runs on to six books, beginning with Sundiver. If you re really hard core, then David Weber’s Safehold series is not to be missed. Anything by Jack Vance should stimulate your cockles. Reply Mike Bryant April 8, 2022 Thanks for the recommendations C.B. I am more than a few decades behind you. The last sci-fi novel I read was The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I’m still waiting for the movie. Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 I greatly appreciate the thoughts and the references! Thank you, Mike! Reply David Paul Behrens April 7, 2022 I love the concept of this poem. Well done! Reply Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 Thank you, David! Reply Margaret Coats April 7, 2022 Thoughtful depiction of conscience, Roy. It explains the individual’s responsibility to form his conscience correctly, because “the paths you choose will change me too.” The line is a memorable warning that conscience can err if not well guided. Because “our paths will always intertwine,” the conscience can seem like an ever-present guardian angel, but you clearly and entertainingly distinguish them. Good work! Reply Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 You went directly to the essence of the poem! I always admire your poetic constructs, Margaret, and greatly appreciate your comments! Reply C.B. Anderson April 7, 2022 Nice work, Roy. Others have already spoken before me, and I can only echo their sentiments Reply Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 Bless you, C.B. and thank you for commenting! Reply Norma Pain April 8, 2022 I loved your poem Roy. The message comes through loud and clear. Sadly, the people that need to read it may not see it. Reply Roy E. Peterson April 8, 2022 You make a perfect point, Norma! Reply Brandon April 8, 2022 This poem is what poetry is about: The light and truth we seek to explain in an entertaining way. Reply Roy E. Peterson April 10, 2022 Wonderful comment, Brandon! I thank you deeply! Reply Shaun C. Duncan April 9, 2022 This is a fantastic conceit, Roy and brilliantly executed too. You’ve managed to do great justice to the idea in a very economical fashion and the rhyming couplets in tetrameter give it a nice pace. Reply Roy E. Peterson April 10, 2022 Bless you, Shaun. I recognize the typo “conceit” as “concept.” I have made similar typos myself and could not change it once posted. I really appreciate the comments. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.