The theme of this poem is the relationship between a father and son and the generation gap that exists between them.
The father remarks that he cannot understand his son even though they have lived in the same house for years. They had a good relationship when the son was small; but now, as years have passed, the distance between them has grown. The father and son speak to each other as if they are strangers. Their thoughts don’t match and there is no sign of understanding in the air. Although his son is very much similar to him, they do not share any common passion. There is deep silence between them.
The father says that he would like his son to come back to him. He would prefer to see his son return to him than see him struggling on his own to make his own life. He would forgive his son if he came and asked for forgiveness.
Even though the father and son do not understand each other, they must live together. Both of them offer to understand each other, but in vain. They both long to be together, but it is difficult for them to accept their differences and live with each other in harmony.