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October 17, 2021


Terrific poem!

brilliantly crafted poem, excellent!

Charged with emotion, so skillfully rendered

Tremendous poem. Not a wasted, unnecessary word. I especially love the litany of the dad's doings--a life vividly captured. It is a poem that avoids simplistic sentimentality, always a trap in parent poems. I enjoyed the warm photo of the poet and his father, too.

Beautiful poem. Very tender.

I love this poem. So poignantly evocative in so few words. Congratulations on a great honor. Dubs

I'd call this poem a diamond, but a diamond is not a living thing and this is

Made my heart skip a beat.

Greg, what a moving poem about a father-son relationship. I’m sure you still have the ring, stored in a safe place and brought out every now and then. It is a symbol of so much. You’re lucky to have it. Thanks for the poem.

Wonderful poem.

I echo the warm-hearted comments, and compliment Grace Cavalieri for her beautiful formulation. Is Mr McBride still with us? The past tense makes me think otherwise, but one can always hope.

It seems it was the passing of 30 years that made the clustering of memories so poignant.

Beautiful. The sense of being unable to fill his fathers ring says everything. Wow.

I write, first, to assure David that I am indeed still among you and fully expect to be for many years to come. Also to thank all these readers who have warmed my heart with their receptions to this little poem. It seemed a trifle to me as I began, but found its way in short order. Speaking of which, he was 5'6" but he always seemed huge to me. My father was quite a character. I've written other poems about him, and prose as well. One point of interest is that over the years he wrote hundreds of humorous, end-rhymed poems, which he sent off to the various women he knew throughout his life, including back to grammar school in American Falls, Idaho, where he and his ten siblings were born and raised.

Special thanks to Terence Winch for including me in this wonderful series of fine poems.
Best wishes to all. Greg

Greg---Thanks for this excellent footnote to the poem.

Thank you, Greg, for replying in the affirmative! Kudos on the poem and its enthusiastic reception by our readers. Terence's taste is incomparable. Onward!

On the mark!

Terse, tactile, the heft of the thing felt in my own hand.

Nice poem here Greg. A sense of the inner sense, and that never-lost connection.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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