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The Constant Generation

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 22, 2012

The Constant Generation

By Lael W. Hill

My father and my mother see
Still, the child I used to be –
And cannot quite admit that now
The twig they bent is equal bough.

My children, willow-lithe, behold
In me a full shade, heavy, old;
To tell the green years I, too, crossed
Is leaf on lost leaf laid and lost.

Between these young, those old, I stand,
My roots in theirs twined strand with strand,
And know – whatever time falls by –
I was … I shall be … I am … I.

(1962)



1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for this, Ardis, it reflects quite poignantly how I’ve felt recently, with an ageing parent and a young adult child.

    Comment by Alison — March 22, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

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