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My Father Played The Melodeon - Poem by Patrick Kavanagh

My father played the melodeon
Outside at our gate,
There were stars in the morning east
And they danced to his music.

Across the world bogs his melodeon called
To Lennons and Callans
As I pulled on my trousers in a hurry
I knew some strange thing had happened.

Outside in the cow-house my mother
Made the music of milking,
The light of the stable-lamp was a star
And the frost of Bethlehem made it twinkle.

A water-hen screeched in the bog,
Mass-going feet
Crunched the wafer-ice on the polt-holes -
Somebody wistfully twisted a bellow's wheel.

My child-poet picked out the letters
On Time's black stone,
In silver the wonder of a Christmas townland
The winking glitter of a frosty dawn.

Cassiopea was over
Cassidy's hanging hill.
I looked and three whin bushes rode acoss
The horizon - the Three Wise Kings.

My father played the melodeon,
My mother milked the cows
And I had a prayer like a white rose pinned
On the Virgin Mary's blouse.


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Poems About Fathers

  1. 51. My Father Played The Melodeon , Patrick Kavanagh
  2. 52. Boy And Father , Carl Sandburg
  3. 53. Follow A Famous Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  4. 54. 'Tis One By One — The Father Counts , Emily Dickinson
  5. 55. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  6. 56. To His Father , Robinson Jeffers
  7. 57. Inventing Father In Las Vegas , Lynn Emanuel
  8. 58. My Father's Hats , Mark Irwin
  9. 59. The Gift , Li-Young Lee
  10. 60. Playing Dead , Andrew Hudgins
  11. 61. Father Of A Boy Named Sue , Shel Silverstein
  12. 62. The Father Of The Predicaments , Heather McHugh
  13. 63. The Harp , Bruce Weigl
  14. 64. The Idea Of Ancestry , Etheridge Knight
  15. 65. Parents , William Morris Meredith Jr.
  16. 66. Descriptions Of Heaven And Hell , Mark Jarman
  17. 67. The Portrait , Stanley Jasspon Kunitz
  18. 68. Childhood Ideogram , Larry Levis
  19. 69. Whose Mouth Do I Speak With , Suzanne Rancourt
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