To Ridgely Torrence
On Last Looking into His ‘Hesperides’

I often see flowers from a passing car
That are gone before I can tell what they are.

I want to get out of the train and go back
To see what they were beside the track.

I name all the flowers I am sure they weren’t;
Not fireweed loving where woods have burnt–

Not bluebells gracing a tunnel mouth–
Not lupine living on sand and drouth.

Was something brushed across my mind
That no one on earth will ever find?

Heaven gives it glimpses only to those
Not in position to look too close.

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8 Comments

  1. apsara pokharel says:

    this poem is very nice poem. when i read this poem first tears were trickled from my eyes. in the remebrance of his best friend he had dedicated this poem to his dead friend. if we try to understand this poem from our heart then we feel happy and sad as well. i

  2. Mel says:

    I think his poem talks about how the first impression of something that’s attractive is usually over-glorified and inaccurate, but if we leave our impression as-is, then we can be left with that sense of beauty. However, once we look deep enough, we can soon notice the flaws and forget the beauty which we once saw was. So question is, should we enjoy things the way they are? Or should we go back to critique, only to be disappointed because nothing is perfect?

  3. Monica says:

    We are assesing this poem at school; my teacher read it out to us and told us it sounded like the train tracks 🙂

  4. Kim says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought of love when I read this poem.

  5. luis ramos says:

    te mando este poema para desirte gue te guiero mucho con todo mi corazon y espero gue tu tanbien me guieras loi mismo

  6. Jess says:

    this is a great poem. I sugesst it for young readers. I do Not sugest this website though. Ever since i sent this poem to my friends, they all have gotten countless spam, we are sure it was from here. DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE!

  7. NaDiN R. says:

    i think this poem is great .. i think Robert Frost is trying to tell us how much you should be greatfull of wht u have because you can lose them anytime.. and later you’d wish you could go back..

  8. Kimberly k says:

    I think this poe is talking about how Robert Frost wants to go back in time and see how his children and his wife were befor they died.I think in his last phrase of the poem he is saying that people doin’t appresate thier loved ones untill they are gone. and we only get glipses of what they were like becasue it would be to paiful to get anything more.

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