Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Thursday Poem


Young Woman Reading by a Window by Delphin Enjolras


Those Winter Sundays

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labour in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking,
When the rooms were warm, he'd call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?

Robert Hayden
(4th August 1913 - 25th February 1980)

from the book: Poem for the Day One

2 comments:

Sharon said...

Could have been written today!

Sharon said...

Oh yes indeedy!