The Leer Of Father William, And Its Appearance To One Of His Peers, 1

"'And yet you incessantly stand on your head--

"Do you think, at your age, it is right?'"

---Lewis Carroll, "Father William,"

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland


Aging like your loud whines, Father William,

your slogged hesitations disappoint.

Expectations?---will you soon fulfill them,

with your beak (proboscid) out of joint?




Author's Notes/Comments: 

Referring to precedent from the Western Canon, I have appropriated Lewis Carroll's Father William as T. S. Eliot appropriated the speaker in his poem, "Gerontion," from Henry Newman's poem, "The Dream Of Gerontius."


The word "beak" is, in my extended family, a synonym for "nose," especially a long one---which appears across many generations in my paternal lines.

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