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Father Death Blues - Poem by Allen Ginsberg

Hey Father Death, I'm flying home
Hey poor man, you're all alone
Hey old daddy, I know where I'm going

Father Death, Don't cry any more
Mama's there, underneath the floor
Brother Death, please mind the store

Old Aunty Death Don't hide your bones
Old Uncle Death I hear your groans
O Sister Death how sweet your moans

O Children Deaths go breathe your breaths
Sobbing breasts'll ease your Deaths
Pain is gone, tears take the rest

Genius Death your art is done
Lover Death your body's gone
Father Death I'm coming home

Guru Death your words are true
Teacher Death I do thank you
For inspiring me to sing this Blues

Buddha Death, I wake with you
Dharma Death, your mind is new
Sangha Death, we'll work it through

Suffering is what was born
Ignorance made me forlorn
Tearful truths I cannot scorn

Father Breath once more farewell
Birth you gave was no thing ill
My heart is still, as time will tell.


Comments about Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg

  • Gold Star - 65,717 Points * Sunprincess * (1/12/2016 1:34:00 PM)

    .....most excellent...i like this ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 6 Points Dawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 5:06:00 PM)

    Allen This is a good poem, keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eljay Ryan (10/1/2012 3:24:00 PM)

    Having heard him perform this several times with the harmonium, I can attest to the performance completely changing the experience of the poem. Some commenters don't seem to want to allow for the Buddhist context that permeates his work in this period, which I don't understand. We contextualize/historicize not to belittle but to better understand. For his mother, Ginsberg wrote a Kaddish on the occasion of her death - just 3 years before this poem for his father. It is but one part of a six or seven part series, and he is clearly exploring religious traditions in the face of death, loss. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  24. 24. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25. 25. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  26. 26. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  27. 27. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  28. 28. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  29. 29. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  30. 30. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  31. 31. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  32. 32. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  33. 33. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  34. 34. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  37. 37. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  39. 39. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  40. 40. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  41. 41. Death , Heinrich Heine
  42. 42. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  43. 43. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  44. 44. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  46. 46. Death , William Butler Yeats
  47. 47. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  50. 50. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
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