I was a child of the 60s – folk music, Woodstock, peace, love, and protests. Songs and poetry that not only made you feel but also made you think.
I attended a small State college in Pennsylvania and amid all the protests and riots around the country my friend and I were holed up in her dorm room listening to recordings of Rod McKeun reading his poetry. (No smirking or eye rolling please) We fell in love with that soft, gravelly voice.
The following is a small portion of his biography I found on Wikipedia –
“In the late 1960s, McKuen began to publish books of poetry, earning a substantial following among young people with collections like Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows (1966), Listen to the Warm (1967), and Lonesome Cities (1968). His Lonesome Cities album of readings won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording in 1968. McKuen’s poems were translated into eleven languages and his books sold over 1 million copies in 1968 alone. McKuen said that his most romantic poetry was influenced by American poet Walter Benton’s two books of poems. McKuen sold over 60 million books worldwide, according to the Associated Press.”
I’ve chosen a poem from his book Fields of Wonder for our inspiration this week.
I want love
for those I love
to come from all sides
not just selfish me.
If the moon can rise for me
it ought to rise for those
who comfort me, direct or indirectly,
banked by paths that take the dreamer home
even when the dreamer doesn’t know
that I have willed his pleasant journey
© Rod McKuen
come home to
me again my love
find the path
I have cleared
through life’s thorns and brambles, there
I will wait
© cgk 2016
After you’ve written your poem post it on your own blog, tag it B&Ps Shadorma and Beyond and MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie, then link it here so we can all read and enjoy.
Thanks for joining me. Can’t wait to read your poems.