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How may I, lifting how many
tiresome years, look at you now,
now at night after sixty years,
my father? You are quiet,
quiet and sober, reluctant
as a withered daffodil
to think your young bloom sorrowing.
You would believe me glad
if you could. In my mind
there are so many tiresome briars
and if I should burn them down,
you would be left in the centre of all their vanished fires,
father of mine, standing as you were.
But I will weep – if you prefer.
I am your son (you have your father still).
I am lost to know what to do
but to go on down the hill
with my father in me and you, my father, there –
but believe me, if you can, this son of yours
is part-you, as you were, in your twenty-sixth year.
(from “The Light Of Day, Vol. 1” – to be published later this year)