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(22.11.1944 / Nottingham, England/live in Australia)

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Father & Son

There is the family photograph
That is your father’s face,
There is your father’s father
Grey-gathering years apace;
The son, bright-eyed in the morning,
The father, lined and drawn,
The son became the father
On the day that you were born.

We’ve all set out on the highway
Our fathers wished us well,
The sons became the fathers
In the same distinctive spell;
The road of all beginnings
Is all there is to lend,
But many a twist, and many a turn
Has marred us at the end.

He was my father’s father,
I am my father’s son,
We’ve travelled as far, and farther
Than our father’s years have run;
The twists and turns of fortune
Mean nothing, lost or won,
But the love of a father’s father,
And the love of a father’s son.

3 September 1977

Submitted: Thursday, September 27, 2007
Edited: Monday, March 05, 2012


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  • ..... W@king Up..... (6/14/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem :) I agree with the poet below. There is a very likeable quality to this poem :)

    -Wu

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  • Indira Renganathan (8/23/2009 11:13:00 PM)

    The last stanza is the most likable...filiality personified in your words....excellent....thank you

  • Shane Clawson (10/4/2007 6:47:00 PM)

    I don't know where you got the ideas for this poem but it sure one hell of a good poem. keep writing!

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