A Season Or A Lifetime
--Reflection on Walking Away
People come into your life for a season,or a lifetime. As seasons change ,time stands still in a lifetime. C. Day Lewis wrote this poem reminiscing his boy's childhood at the time that his son was leaving home and becoming a man.He starts out by using the image of changing leaves, which is a reference to change, literally change in season but actually in life. By recalling his son's first football game,he feels that "like a satellite"(line 4). Like the moon orbiting around the earth, so too is himself the centre of his boy, which is now changing. "Wrenched from orbit"(line 5). His son is moving away from him,just like an object in space that drifts away. As the poet describes his son walking away, which is both literal and metaphorical, he uses the word "pathos'" to highlight that his son lacks life experiences ,making the poet anxious. He considers his son as a "half fledged"(line 8) bird that is learning to fly into a wild and dangerous world. The process, however, will sometimes take trial and error.Obviously,he loves his son so much and wants no harm to come to him.Nonetheless, "like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem"(line 12), his son will eventually start his own life and grow his own family. It's generally acknowledged that children are the concern of parents for a lifetime. Yet parents are occasionally only a seasonal presence for their children.When someone is in your life for a season, it is usually to meet a need. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically,emotionally as well as spiritually.When their work is done, it is now time to move on. Selfhood is thus achieved by "walking away", which is to say, pursuing your own life, making your own mistakes and gaining your own wisdom.But in a lifetime term, as the love of our parents, is based upon the profound and unconditional love...
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