Title: Sunday Visit

Author: Brian Turner

In: Sport 2: Autumn 1989

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, April 1989, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 2: Autumn 1989

Sunday Visit

Sunday Visit

It's not a question or a matter of choice
so much as habit and a nagging sense of...

you said it, responsibility. And because
the road goes this way instead of that

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you take it, sort of accepting what one
insufferable old fool said about breaking

new ground usually — well probably — being
an illusion. You're visiting your father whose

interest in you's revived now that your girlfriend's
broken the ice, so to speak, and got onside.

She is, he says, 'all right', and what he
says to his mates you can guess and hit

the jackpot first time. That's life isn't it.


He's into autumn and the skin on his face
is like a swatch of newly-fallen leaves.

He says, 'I thought they were getting ready
to beam me up the other day. Didn't feel good

at all.' You wouldn't have laughed near
as much if you hadn't believed him.

When you get up to leave you nudge him
and shake his shoulder as if he were

your son, and you try to walk with a
distinctly purposeful stride as you

go to your car, get in, wave and toot
and pull away like a reformed hell-raiser.

It's not yet five o'clock, late March,
and the teasing trace of a lost summer's pace

quickens, and then, perceptibly slows,
and the highest clouds stall and hang

between the blue and you, and you too.