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Li-Young Lee - A Story

Sad is the man who is asked for a story
and can't come up with one.

His five-year-old son waits in his lap.
Not the same story, Baba. A new one.
The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.

In a room full of books in a world
of stories, he can recall
not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy
will give up on his father.

Already the man lives far ahead, he sees
the day this boy will go. Don't go!
Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!
You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.
Let me tell it!

But the boy is packing his shirts,
he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,
the man screams, that I sit mute before you?
Am I a god that I should never disappoint?

But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?
It is an emotional rather than logical equation,
an earthly rather than heavenly one,
which posits that a boy's supplications
and a father's love add up to silence.

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A Story - Comments and Information

Poet: Li-Young Lee
Poem: A Story
Volume: The City In Which I Love You
Poem of the Day: Jun 5 2010

Comment 82 of 82, added on October 15th, 2015 at 6:59 PM.

C0rPTF Im grateful for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

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Comment 81 of 82, added on October 15th, 2015 at 5:28 PM.

TEzcii Appreciate you sharing, great blog article.Really thank you!

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Comment 80 of 82, added on June 10th, 2015 at 1:02 PM.

BgOmHy Really informative article post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

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