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To: Flycatcher
No, it's a poem about both dying and surrender. Supposedly, it was written by Thomas for his dying father, in an effort to encourage him to keep on fighting and to never lose that spark for life.

My father died recently (at 94 y/o) and that is what I kept whispering to him as he lay dying.

And to feel free to let go...that I would take care of things so that he shouldn't worry.

That poem means a lot to me.

15 posted on 11/21/2012 5:37:53 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: RoosterRedux
I'm sorry for your loss. Your father no doubt considered himself blessed to have you there at his side at this time. I'm sure you do too.

A great poem, at certain times, can have real emotional power. The Thomas poem is one such. Another one is e e cummings' poem "My Father Moved Through Dooms Of Love." It too was written for the poet's father, and e e cummings always considered it to be his best poem (out of hundreds of great works). It's my favorite of his too.

It's a little on the artsy side, but it's a great tribute to the most remarkable and heroic men in our lives -- our fathers.

Sad to say, they don't make poems like these anymore.

I urge you to check it out. (But I've warned you: it's a bit artsy!) :^)

18 posted on 11/21/2012 5:49:03 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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