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By F. T. Prince (1912–2003) With comment by John Birtwhistle

     Stand at the grave's head

     Of any common

     Man or woman,

     Thomas Hardy said,

     And in the silence

     What they were,

     Their life, becomes a poem.

     And so with my dead,

     As I know them

     Now, in his

     And her

     Long silences;

     And wait for, yet a while hence,

     My own silence.

Frank Prince was a …

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  • Competing interests Personal acquaintance with the late F.T. Prince.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

    Poem reprinted by permission of Carcanet Press and the Estate of F. T. Prince.