Bernard Kennedy

Freshman - 582 Points (20 May 1956 / Dublin)

The Walker - Poem by Bernard Kennedy

I met my father, on
the hill of the road,
at kilmashogue.
he was striding down from
his mountain walk
and I ascending.

his sunday stroll
and he was fit then
'take it easy, I will see you later'.
I recall now, his own age,
that same turn and stride,
as I showed him into his sick bed,
and then his resting place.

on that turn, at kilmashogue,
Just there, at the mill ruin,
the new Columba gate,
life goes fast
and generations pass.

'take it easy,
I'll see you later'

Poet's Notes about The Poem

for my father-

Comments about The Walker by Bernard Kennedy

  • Matt Mooney (9/22/2016 5:38:00 PM)

    Close ties recognised and remembered at the foot of the mountain. Reading the poem gives one the impression of being there. Strong symbolism in the location of the poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/7/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    'life goes fast, and generations pass' loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (12/13/2012 4:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful imagery.. nicely crafted with word and meaningful... (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    pleasiingly short, spare, arresting piece with plenty of word magic. A zinger! (in my opinion) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, November 30, 2012

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