Anthony Weir

Rookie (13th September 1941)

Falseness Close To Kin - Poem by Anthony Weir

After three half-hearted, vain abortion efforts came
the mutual punishment of birth and the tight
pretence of my Adoption. Then you failed
to force me in the painful mould
of your own image, uncommunicating, cold.
Still, we have been faithful to each other:
rebel son and secret mother.
I'm getting old, and you're ever more stubborn.
You think that I have failed you,
and can't remember when last you ate.
We were hardly in each other's knowing -
now my half-respect for you has turned to emptiness
almost dispassionate.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 7, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 22, 2010


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