Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO MY FATHER, by WILLIAM SYDNEY GRAHAM

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TO MY FATHER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes as alike as entirely
Last Line: Takes over over our bodies.
Alternate Author Name(s): Graham, W. S.
Subject(s): Fathers

Yes as alike as entirely
You my father I see
That high Greenock tenement
And whole shipyarded front.

As alike as a memory early
Of 'The Bonny Earl o'Moray'
Fiddled in our high kitchen
Over the sleeping town

These words this one night
Feed us and will not
Leave us without our natures
Inheriting new fires.

The March whinfires let fall
From the high Greenock hill
A word fetched so bright
Out of the forehead that

A fraction's wink and I
And my death change round softly.
My birth and I so softly
Change round the outward journey.

Entirely within the fires
And winter-harried natures
Of your each year, the still
Foundered man is the oracle

Tented within his early
Friendships. And he'll reply
To us locked in our song.
This night this world falling

Across the kindling skies
Takes over over our bodies.

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