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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 - 64,940 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

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  15. 15. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  19. 19. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  21. 21. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  22. 22. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  23. 23. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  24. 24. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  25. 25. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  26. 26. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  28. 28. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  29. 29. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  32. 32. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  35. 35. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  36. 36. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  37. 37. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  38. 38. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  39. 39. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  40. 40. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  43. 43. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  44. 44. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  45. 45. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  46. 46. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  47. 47. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  48. 48. Death , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  50. 50. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
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