THE DEATH OF MY FATHER: 4 HAIKU POEMS

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The Death Of My Father: 4 Haiku Poems
Age 40, Sandwich/Boston, Massachusetts & Oxford, North Carolina, January 1985
-- This is one poem, from my autobiographical series of poems, that I posted here at WriteSpike. Go to my Stories section for others. They are in chronological order. --
 

My father's funeral-
old friends call me
by my childhood name

Night snow
behind his house,
we walked on the pond
ashes still wet

At Durgin-Park *
I eat the same
halibut, cornbread
as my fathers

At Oxford
the orphanage playground
we talked
of having a child

* Durgin-Park restaurant was founded in 1742 in Boston. My father, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers probably ate the same meal I ate on that trip back to the Northeast.

 

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