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Fruit Of The Flower

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My father is a quiet man
With sober, steady ways;
For simile, a folded fan;
His nights are like his days.
My mother's life is puritan,
No hint of cavalier,
A pool so calm you're sure it can
Have little depth to fear.

And yet my father's eyes can boast
How full his life has been;
There haunts them yet the languid ghost
Of some still sacred sin.

And though my mother chants of God,
And of the mystic river,
I've seen a bit of checkered sod
Set all her flesh aquiver.

Why should he deem it pure mischance
A son of his is fain
To do a naked tribal dance
Each time he hears the rain?

Why should she think it devil's art
That all my songs should be
Of love and lovers, broken heart,
And wild sweet agony?

Who plants a seed begets a bud,
Extract of that same root;
Why marvel at the hectic blood
That flushes this wild fruit?
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COMMENTS
Dr Antony Theodore 06 October 2020
And though my mother chants of God, And of the mystic river, I've seen a bit of checkered sod Set all her flesh aquiver. a very fine poem. tony
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Dr Dillip K Swain 01 August 2018
....A pool so calm you're sure it can/Have little depth to fear.........................Just beautiful (10)
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Beautiful
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Titto Mutny 14 February 2018
Amazing poem.. So deep and well expressed
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Sylvaonyema Uba 25 January 2017
My mother's life is puritan. Nice poem! Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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Tatiana Berdennikova 25 January 2017
A wonderful poem about conservatism opposing self-expression and talent.
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Anil Kumar Panda 25 January 2017
A very nice poem about how we are different to each other. Thanks for sharing.
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Glen Kappy 25 January 2017
i wasn't familiar with this poem and was glad to read it. interesting to think how traits, how talents are passed on. my older son, for example, has stand-out musical talent which doesn't show in either my wife nor me. it was apparent though in my mother. i also relate to a son musing on his gifts and interests in comparison to his parents. if he is like me, he has only or mostly seen their personas. how many of us know much of the shadows, the depths of our parents? and if we do know, is it because our parents shared them or because we learned of them from others? glen kappy
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Ratnakar Mandlik 25 January 2017
A marvelous flight of imagery with equally marvelous presentation. Congrats on modern poet of the Day.
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Edward Kofi Louis 25 January 2017
A quiet man. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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