Philip Ciampa

On Tanner's 'Night' - Poem by Philip Ciampa

Man and boy, the fishermen return
well after sundown—no fish—
when they finally bring their boat in for the day.

It's early winter, maybe, they huddle together
against the harbor, rolled up in raincoats,
going home through streets that are night-quiet—you can guess

it was the boy who kept them out so long
with so little, not wanting to see defeat settle
in his dad, while father knows the sea can chill

and his boy's feet are soaked in salt-water,
but wanting to please lets his son cast
once more before turning shoreward,

where on the land their figures merge with darkness
as they walk home without a catch—but you notice
the lantern: the light overwhelming the canvas,
held between a father and a son.

Comments about On Tanner's 'Night' by Philip Ciampa

There is no comment submitted by members..

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: son, father, fish, home, winter, together, water, sea, light, night, fishing

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]