This poem ignites a sense of loneliness and bereavement. The writer portrays a longing for his father’s companionship. This is he reflects on his experience with his father showing him a rotten pear. The writer portrays the passage of time and its effects in his life. This poem illustrates life influenced by time and individuals in ones life. The lessons of a father to his son, and the comfort and sense of belonging awarded to a person by those closest to him. Although the father taught the writer how to garden and grow crops he still needs him to share his food and life’s experiences with. This poem is highly valued for its lesson in the significance of family and life as a journey where one should not go through alone in loneliness (Partridge 2007).