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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.

—Timothy Murphy

from The Formalist, A Journal of Metrical Poetry, Volume 12, Issue 1, 2001
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN

Copyright 2001 by Timothy Murphy.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of University of Evansville from The Formalist, A Journal of Metrical Poetry, Volume 12, Issue 1, 2001. Copyright 2001 by Timothy Murphy. For further permissions information, contact William Baer, Editor, The Formalist, 320 Hunter Drive, Evansville, IN 47711.

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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.