Walking Away


Walking Away:


  • In this poem the speaker, a parent, remembers the first time their child showed signs of independence.
  • The speaker describes how the child, like a 'half fledged thing' began to find his or her own feet.
  • Images from nature, referring to birds leaving the nest and 'a winged seed loosened from its parent stem' show how this seperation occurs in other species too.
  • He concludes that 'love is proved in the letting go', showing that separation is an inevitable part of a loving relationship between parent and child.


  • Parental Love - the parent's love for his child is shown in the pain he feels when he realises he has to let the child go - 'love is proved in the letting go'.
  • Seperation…


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