Linda Kulp Trout

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This week the American Life in Poetry column featured a poem by Lyn Lifshin that I liked so much, I wanted to share it with you.

The Other Fathers

would be coming back
from some war, sending
back stuffed birds or
handkerchiefs in navy
blue with Love painted
on it. Some sent telegrams
for birthdays, the pastel
letters like jewels. The
magazines were full of fathers who
were doing what had
to be done, were serving,

You can read the rest of the poem here.


  1. Whoa, that's a sad poem. I wonder why his father was sitting in the grey chair and not coming back to them?

  2. Oh I knew this would make me cry but I kept on reading. Thank you.