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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 - 65,374 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 Father

  1. 1. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  2. 2. A Hymn To God The Father , John Donne
  3. 3. Memory Of My Father , Patrick Kavanagh
  4. 4. My Father , Charles Bukowski
  5. 5. Song To Be Sung By The Father Of Infant .. , Ogden Nash
  6. 6. You Are Old Father William , Lewis Carroll
  7. 7. The Childless Father , William Wordsworth
  8. 8. Portrait Of My Father As A Young Man , Rainer Maria Rilke
  9. 9. Father , Edgar Albert Guest
  10. 10. My Mother Was Fortune, My Father Generos.. , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  11. 11. A Daughter Through The Eyes Of A Father , Velmar Pewee Hale Johnson
  12. 12. Another Acrostic ( In The Style Of Fathe.. , Lewis Carroll
  13. 13. Come Up From The Fields, Father , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. The Ballad Of Father Gilligan , William Butler Yeats
  16. 16. To Her Father With Some Verses , Anne Bradstreet
  17. 17. Father Explains , Czeslaw Milosz
  18. 18. My Father , Yehuda Amichai
  19. 19. Thank You Dad (Father Father Father Fath.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  20. 20. Father Riley's Horse , Banjo Paterson
  21. 21. My Father Is A Retired Magician , Ntozake Shange
  22. 22. Holy Sonnet Xvi: Father, Part Of His Dou.. , John Donne
  23. 23. Thank You, Father , Mahfooz Ali
  24. 24. Holy Sonnet Xvi: Father , John Donne
  25. 25. My Father Moved Through Dooms Of Love , E. E. Cummings
  26. 26. Sonnet 37: As A Decrepit Father Takes De.. , William Shakespeare
  27. 27. Father , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  28. 28. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  29. 29. Father , Philip Levine
  30. 30. With My Father , Kobayashi Issa
  31. 31. The Ballad Of Father O'Hart , William Butler Yeats
  32. 32. Father Ranney, The Cheese Pioneer , James McIntyre
  33. 33. Father And Daughter , Justin Gildow
  34. 34. Father, Father Abraham , James Weldon Johnson
  35. 35. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  36. 36. Sonnet Xx: Lawrence, Of Virtuous Father , John Milton
  37. 37. My Father , Colin Ian Jeffery
  38. 38. Father And Son , Mary Nagy
  39. 39. Letter Of Recommendation From My Father .. , Richard Jones
  40. 40. To God The Father , Katherine Mansfield
  41. 41. The Father Of The Predicaments , Heather McHugh
  42. 42. (240) Thank You Father -Prayer For .. , Melvina Germain
  43. 43. Sonnet Xii: That Learned Father , Michael Drayton
  44. 44. ' God, Our Father ' , Carmela Patterson
  45. 45. Father, I Know That All My Life , Anna Laetitia Waring
  46. 46. My Father, With His Arthritic Hands , Rani Turton
  47. 47. Father Of Love, To Thee I Bend , Augustus Montague Toplady
  48. 48. Father: A Winter Storm , David Kowalczyk
  49. 49. Father Malloy , Edgar Lee Masters
  50. 50. (495) Father , Melvina Germain
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