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Man Child Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 2

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All day he lay upon the sand

When summer sun was bright,

And let the grains sift through his hand

With infantile delight;

Just like a child, so soft  and fair,

Though he was twenty-five -

An innocent, my mother -care

Had kept so long alive.

Oh it is hard to bear a cross

For five-and-twenty years;

A daft son and a husband's loss

Are woes out-weighing tears.

Yet bright and beautiful was he,

Though barely could he walk;

And when he signaled out to sea

His talk was baby talk.

The man I loved was drowned out there

When we were ten weeks wed.

'Tis bitter hard a boy to bear

That's fathered by the dead.

And now I give my life to him

Because he needs me so;

And as I look my sight is dim

With pity, love and woe. . . .

Then suddenly I see him rise,

Tall, stalwart and serene . . .

Lo! There he stands before my eyes,

The man he might have been.

"Dear Mother mine," I hear him say,

"The curse that bound me fast,

Some miracle has swept away,

And all you pain is past.

Now I am strong and sane and free,

And you shall have your due;

For as you loved and cherished me,

I'll love and cherish you."

His kisses sooth away my pain,

His clasp is paradise . . .

Then - then I look at him again

With terror in my eyes:

For down he sinks upon the sand,

And heavy droops his head;

The golden grains drift through his hand . . .

I know - my boy is dead.


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