“Mentor” by Timothy Murphy
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
For Robert Francis
Had I known, only known when I lived so near, I'd have gone, gladly gone foregoing my fear of the wholly grown and the nearly great. But I learned alone, so I learned too late.
from The Formalist, A Journal of Metrical Poetry, Volume 12, Issue 1, 2001
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
Copyright 2001 by Timothy Murphy.
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About the Poet
Timothy Murphy (1951- ) is the author of four poetry collections, including Hunter’s Log (Dakota Institute, 2011).
Learn more about Timothy Murphy at The Poetry Foundation.