Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Morning Reading: "They are more fathers than sons themselves now."

For Father's Day, a poem by Donald Justice.

Men at Forty

Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.

At rest on a stair landing,
They feel it moving
Beneath them now like the deck of a ship,
Though the swell is gentle.

And deep in mirrors
They rediscover
The face of the boy as he practices tying
His father’s tie there in secret,

And the face of that father,
Still warm with the mystery of lather.
They are more fathers than sons themselves now.
Something is filling them, something

That is like the twilight sound
Of the crickets, immense,
Filling the woods at the foot of the slope
Behind their mortgaged houses.



Robbi said...

Ah. Lovely.

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Anonymous said...

Very cool poem and pic. Thank you.

Dawn said...

Enjoyed this. But posted at 4:15 a.m.? Yikes.

Lou said...

Oh that is so perfectly considered and composed--yay to Justice. Love the photo of your guys.

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