Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Memory Of My Father - Poem by Patrick Kavanagh

Every old man I see
Reminds me of my father
When he had fallen in love with death
One time when sheaves were gathered.

That man I saw in Gardner Street
Stumbled on the kerb was one,
He stared at me half-eyed,
I might have been his son.

And I remember the musician
Faltering over his fiddle
In Bayswater, London,
He too set me the riddle.

Every old man I see
In October-coloured weather
Seems to say to me:
"I was once your father."


Comments about Memory Of My Father by Patrick Kavanagh

  • (9/11/2018 12:48:00 PM)


    Very nice poem.😨 (Report) Reply

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  • (9/9/2018 4:00:00 PM)


    A great poem keep it up .... (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/8/2018 9:53:00 PM)


    Such a great poem by Patrick Kavanagh👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Baquee Billah Ahmed (9/8/2018 4:20:00 PM)


    a great poem....i like it........thank U for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (9/8/2018 12:55:00 PM)


    A father that was well loved no doubt. Sterling poem! (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/8/2018 8:51:00 AM)


    Fantastic poem, although I read it couple of days back but could not write my comments today when it appeared I could not stop from writing about it....Only those who love his father from heart can write such line: I quote:
    Every old man I see
    In October-coloured weather
    Seems to say to me:
    I was once your father.
    (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (9/8/2018 7:40:00 AM)


    Memory of any body's father is touching, it is also from the same angle (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (9/8/2018 6:06:00 AM)


    Patrick Kavanagh started his poem Memory Of My Father woth these lines: Every old man I see, Reminds me of my father, When he had fallen in love with death....How awfully started and the reader is assured of his un-uttered love for his old father. A mystifying poem but the deep respected attitude and love is there all the time, their relationship was a problem. To his beloved family: Congratulations on being by PH.Com as CPOTD. GBU. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/8/2018 2:51:00 AM)


    Without saying anything about his father, the poet has expressed his deep feelings and respect for his father.... and persons of older age which he comes across on the way. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (9/8/2018 2:49:00 AM)


    Haunting images of the special relationship between father and son. There are beautiful interactions of the rhymes. (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2018 5:41:00 PM)


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  • (11/20/2017 1:12:00 PM)


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  • (6/4/2007 8:40:00 AM)


    hey S`upp

    this is a very interestin`poem, watch out with the title, the word memory not always mean good things that happened in the past : O
    after readin` it I realized there was sth unclear about the relatioship between Kavanagh and his father.

    Also try to read IN memory of my mother, where its proved what i just said, because IN MEMORY means a kind of tribute, good feelings towards his mother

    cya.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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