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Clouds Above The Sea Analysis



Author: poem of Philip Levine Type: poem Views: 16

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My father and mother, two tiny figures,

side by side, facing the clouds that move

in from the Atlantic. August, '33.

The whole weight of the rain to come, the weight

of all that has fallen on their houses

gathers for a last onslaught, and yet they

hold, side by side, in the eye of memory.

What was she wearing, you ask, what did he

say to make the riding clouds hold their breath?

Our late August afternoons were chilly

in America, so I shall drape her throat

in a silken scarf above a black dress.



I could give her a rope of genuine pearls

as a gift for bearing my father's sons,

and let each pearl glow with a child's fire.

I could turn her toward you now with a smile

so that we might joy in her constancy,

I could bury the past in dust rising,

dense rain falling, and the absence of sky

so that you could turn this page and smile.

My father and mother, two tiny figures,

side by side, facing the clouds that move

in from the Atlantic. They are silent

under the whole weight of the rain to come.






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