Friday, April 25, 2008

My Favorite Poet

When I was just out of high school I discovered I liked the poetry of Rod McKuen. I bought several of his books back then. The line I remember from one particular poem was "Now I have the time, where are you?" Sad to say I don't have them any more. Through many moves in my life they we donated or given away as I thinned out my things getting ready to pack. I had moved on from thinking the deep thoughts of youth to marriage and children.

In thinking about this weeks topic of poetry for the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival and knowing I have never written a poem worth sharing in my life I thought about sharing something of his instead. On a website dedicated to this man and his poetry I found a poem of his that calls to me again. It is called Age Is Better. If you are 40 or more I think you may enjoy it as well as I did. If you are younger than that take the time to explore the ideas and see that living long is worth it. A line from this poem sums up how I feel about my own birthdays which don't bother me at all. It is, "Age is proof you got from there to here."

Please follow the link to the poem and come back here and comment on it. I would love to hear from you.

This post is a part of a weekly event of the EtsyBloggers. This week our host is Create A Thought and by going to that blog you will see the links to all the other contributors to this carnival. You can find out more using the links for the carnival archives and current issue in the sidebar on the left.


  1. I really like Rod's poem. Being a woman, it's interesting to read a man's honest point of view, and see it's the same as mine. Thanks for sharing! {:-Deb

  2. Thanks for the link. I had never read any of his poetry before. I can get the feeling behind it--aging without melancholy, aging with acceptance. I don't know if I agree that fall is better than spring, but I do see where he's coming from.

  3. Thanks for your responses. I wanted to know how others reacted to his poetry. I enjoyed it in my youth and now I am enjoying the rediscovery of it.

  4. I'm way past 40, and I feel the same way as the poem. But, it would be nice to be young again and know what I know now.
    Thanks for participating!

  5. I use to read his poetry when I was in high school...loved it then and now!


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