Max Reif

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Lines About My Father - Poem by Max Reif

He did not so much abandon me, as himself.
His rage blew out of places that had never known life.

So quickly he turned from 'Daddy' into Father,
the cold and distant, angry 'god the Father'—

One evening at the theater, he turned to me,
Muttering, 'You're a dreamer! ', spitting out contempt.

Yes, a dreamer—with no solid ground to stand on,
nothing to make a world from, but dreams.

The world comes out of Mother and extends to Father.
That's all the child knows of solid ground.
If it's not solid, he falls in an abyss.
From there, it's true, his only hope's in dreams;
and thus is born a madman or an artist.

Comments about Lines About My Father by Max Reif

  • (4/30/2006 9:36:00 AM)

    I like this poem a lot, Max. I am enjoying reading all your poems one by one...and I love your website. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/3/2005 11:45:00 PM)

    all the peers can't be wrong, Max. It's an amazing piece of writing. Jerry (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2005 9:06:00 PM)

    I like it, Max. Depth of emotions are clear and strong, as is the message. It's a bit on the wordy side, but not so as to detract from the work. Good job. (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2005 6:02:00 AM)

    This is inspirational, Max. I agree that the 'spitting out contempt' line might need tweaking. In all, it's a really strong poem and well written. (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2005 10:43:00 PM)

    I totally agree, this is a very powerful poem and brilliantly done too. (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2005 3:28:00 PM)

    Oh yes, oh yes...dreaming reality back into its rightful place, perhaps?
    How about 'spat out 'you're a dreamer! ', to consolidate the line?
    Powerful poem.
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  • (9/14/2005 11:48:00 AM)


    This is a fine poem. It aims for the pain and hits the mark. I like poems that I can understand quickly like this one. I would cut the words 'spitting out contempt, ' however. They only serve to explain what is painfully clear in the preceding words. Gets a ten from me.
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  • (9/14/2005 11:07:00 AM)

    Max, we who enjoy your artistic spirit thank God that you are a dreamer. I find it interesting to see how many poets and composers had extremely unsettled relationships with either one or both parents. Perhaps then is when we turn to find satisfaction in dreams. I still haven't posted anything about my father but perhaps I will soon. Thanks for this poem.

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  • (9/14/2005 9:05:00 AM)

    Interesting that he said that at the theater, a place where you go to see other people's dreams. (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2005 9:00:00 AM)

    A great poem depicting the birth of an artist. (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2005 8:37:00 AM)

    tried, convicted and sentenced as a dreamer... this is great work. salut. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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