A Poet Reflects


Those Winter Sundays
Sundays too my father got up earlyand put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,then with cracked hands that achedfrom labor in the weekday weather madebanked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
I’d wake and hear the cold splintering,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 coldand polished my good shoes as well.What did I know, what did I knowof love’s austere and lonely offices?
—Robert Hayden, from Collected Poems of Robert Hayden (Liveright Publishing Corp., 1966)
For my own father whom I often did not thank—Happy Father’s Day!

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 labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering,
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, from Collected Poems of Robert Hayden (Liveright Publishing Corp., 1966)

For my own father whom I often did not thank—Happy Father’s Day!

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