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Emigration Stone

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Great grandfather stood like a stone
As the ship crossed the horizon
To dropp off the world as he knew it
His shovel beard, his barrel chest
Heaving a little, wordless

Letters would come in litters, like little puppies
From his lost children, Look at me, look at me,
But never bound at his heel in the surly mud.
He could use the pages to line his heavy boots
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John Beaton 24 September 2018
Excellent poem, Sheena. I come from a line of crofters- the ones who stayed after the Clearances. What sadness there must have been when the families split. Nicely done.
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There is a patriarch behind every clan. Wonderful poem.
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Akhtar Jawad 06 April 2018
Few now, to pass the salt, to chide, to praise His saplings gone. The sky a red pyre, bleeding What is a patriarch without a clan? A poem that makes us thinking.
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Binayakumar Mohanty 14 October 2017
Nicely crafted poem mam. I loved it. I invite you to read and comment on my poem dear frog.
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Shimizu Mizuhala 25 May 2017
Reminds me of my grandfather, really moving poem.Thanks!
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Madathil Rajendran Nair 17 October 2016
Beautiful - particularly, the last two lines! (10)
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Ratnakar Mandlik 17 October 2016
What is a patriarch without a clan? Very touching question. So are the realities of life., sometimes. Heartiest Congrats on the Poem of the Day.
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Anil Kumar Panda 17 October 2016
It is really hard and sad to leave ones land and go through much tribulations to adopt a foreign land. One always misses those who stay behind. Very nice. Congrats for poem of the day.
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Kenneth Maswabi 17 October 2016
It's a sad situation for those leaving and yet again it's painful for those staying behind. Thanks for sharing.
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Edward Kofi Louis 17 October 2016
Emigration! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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