To have known him, to have loved him
after loneness long;
And then to be estranged in life,
And neither in the wrong;
And now for death to set his seal—
Ease me, a little ease, my song!
– Herman Melville
Herman Melville was a man of deep insight and feeling. And yet it was difficult for him to get close to people.
I apply Melville’s words to me and my relationship with my father. Not exactly, but close enough.
I so wish I could talk with my father now.
Can anyone understand?
Written by me in P. J. Carney’s pub, while reading Wordsworth’s Prelude and reflecting upon each and every phrase.
– Roger W. Smith
Sunday, October 23, 2022