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Father Death Blues - Poem by Allen Ginsberg

Hey Father Death, I'm flying home
Hey poor man, you're all alone
Hey old daddy, I know where I'm going

Father Death, Don't cry any more
Mama's there, underneath the floor
Brother Death, please mind the store

Old Aunty Death Don't hide your bones
Old Uncle Death I hear your groans
O Sister Death how sweet your moans

O Children Deaths go breathe your breaths
Sobbing breasts'll ease your Deaths
Pain is gone, tears take the rest

Genius Death your art is done
Lover Death your body's gone
Father Death I'm coming home

Guru Death your words are true
Teacher Death I do thank you
For inspiring me to sing this Blues

Buddha Death, I wake with you
Dharma Death, your mind is new
Sangha Death, we'll work it through

Suffering is what was born
Ignorance made me forlorn
Tearful truths I cannot scorn

Father Breath once more farewell
Birth you gave was no thing ill
My heart is still, as time will tell.


Comments about Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg

  • Gold Star - 65,717 Points * Sunprincess * (1/12/2016 1:34:00 PM)

    .....most excellent...i like this ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 6 Points Dawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 5:06:00 PM)

    Allen This is a good poem, keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eljay Ryan (10/1/2012 3:24:00 PM)

    Having heard him perform this several times with the harmonium, I can attest to the performance completely changing the experience of the poem. Some commenters don't seem to want to allow for the Buddhist context that permeates his work in this period, which I don't understand. We contextualize/historicize not to belittle but to better understand. For his mother, Ginsberg wrote a Kaddish on the occasion of her death - just 3 years before this poem for his father. It is but one part of a six or seven part series, and he is clearly exploring religious traditions in the face of death, loss. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

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  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  8. 8. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  9. 9. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  10. 10. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  11. 11. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  14. 14. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  15. 15. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  16. 16. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
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  18. 18. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  19. 19. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  20. 20. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  22. 22. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  24. 24. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  25. 25. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  26. 26. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  27. 27. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  28. 28. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  29. 29. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  30. 30. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  32. 32. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  33. 33. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  34. 34. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  37. 37. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  38. 38. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  39. 39. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  42. 42. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  44. 44. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  46. 46. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  47. 47. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  48. 48. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  49. 49. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  50. 50. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
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