Poems

R.J. Stove: You Are Old, Father Grouper

You Are Old, Father Grouper (With apologies to Lewis Carroll’s “You are old, Father William”) “You are old, Father Grouper,” the young man said, “And it surely behoves me to mention That Mannix is now almost sixty years dead, A fact that’s escaped your attention.” “In my youth,” Father Grouper replied to his son, “When I felt a temptation to falter, I assumed that we Groupers had already won, And that Mannix was raised to the altar.” “You are old,” said the youth, “and by now you must know That we’ll never be on the same page. I can’t comprehend…

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