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W.S. Merwin - Yesterday

My friend says I was not a good son
you understand
I say yes I understand

he says I did not go
to see my parents very often you know
and I say yes I know

even when I was living in the same city he says
maybe I would go there once
a month or maybe even less
I say oh yes

he says the last time I went to see my father
I say the last time I saw my father

he says the last time I saw my father
he was asking me about my life
how I was making out and he
went into the next room
to get something to give me

oh I say
feeling again the cold
of my father's hand the last time

he says and my father turned
in the doorway and saw me
look at my wristwatch and he
said you know I would like you to stay
and talk with me

oh yes I say

but if you are busy he said
I don't want you to feel that you
have to
just because I'm here

I say nothing

he says my father
said maybe
you have important work you are doing
or maybe you should be seeing
somebody I don't want to keep you

I look out the window
my friend is older than I am
he says and I told my father it was so
and I got up and left him then
you know

though there was nowhere I had to go
and nothing I had to do

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Poet: W.S. Merwin
Poem: Yesterday
Poem of the Day: Jun 18 2013

Comment 244 of 244, added on October 20th, 2014 at 6:36 PM.
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Comment 243 of 244, added on October 20th, 2014 at 4:16 PM.
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dLEVco Hey, you used to write great, but the last several posts have been kinda boring��� I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!

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Comment 242 of 244, added on August 7th, 2014 at 4:01 PM.
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I think this is a real great article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

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