The Man Who Lives a Few Roads Down

July 15, 2021

By Sarah Susanna Rhomberg


I know his face,

I know his frown,

The man who lives

A few roads down.


His walk didn’t change,

Though he grew older;

His bent back

And hunched shoulders.


When we talked

As I stood by the door,

He’d say hello and goodbye;

It was never more.


Now I haven’t seen him

For a while,

His friendly frown

And slouched profile.


Then recently,

The other day,

Someone mentioned

He’d passed away.


I knew his face,

I knew his frown,

The man who lived

A few roads down.


I saw him often

Walk down the street.

It was normal;

Now it’s incomplete.


I saw him frown

But smile, never.

I knew his walk;

I’ll remember forever.


I’d see him often,

But to my shame,

I didn’t even

Know his name.


Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a teen who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. As a child, she was bitten by the story bug and has been penning stories, articles, and poems ever since. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children, always with a mug of herbal tea in hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ, and she writes to glorify Him. Connect with her through her email list here


  1. Madelyn


    • Sarah

      Thanks, Madelyn! 🙂

  2. Terah

    THis is really good Sarah!

    • Sarah

      Thank you, Terah! Glad you liked it!

  3. Kathleen Stewart


    • Sarah

      Thanks, Kathleen!

  4. Brian Stansell

    Very deep and poignant, Sarah! Amazing job!

    • Sarah

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Natalie

    So full of feeling… you out what I’ve felt in words I couldn’t.
    You are amazing Sarah!

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much, Natalie! <3

  6. Hedges

    This is so good. Ugh, I have so many emotions now. Thank you!

  7. Katja L.

    I love this so much <3


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