Juan Olivarez

(september 12 / nyssa oregon)

1961


In 1961 I asked my dad,
Papi, when will 1961 come back?
He said'Juanito, please don't feel bad,
But 1961 won't ever come back.'

In 1961 I was eight years old.
I didn't know it at the time,
That only twelve more years, I'd hold,
That aging father of mine.

Submitted: Thursday, October 28, 2010
Edited: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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  • Smoky Hoss (3/16/2012 7:54:00 PM)

    This poem is very moving, and filled with the pathos of life.
    If only we could go back in time... or, perhaps far enough ahead even... (Report) Reply

  • Prakhar Pandey (2/25/2011 4:57:00 AM)

    attractive lines...........

    here's my work hope u will like it...........
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/prakhar-pandey/ (Report) Reply

  • Luke Easter (12/22/2010 8:15:00 PM)

    When I saw the title,1961, I just knew it was about Roger Maris & #61. Oh well... (Report) Reply

  • Matt Mooney (11/11/2010 9:46:00 AM)

    The title rings memory bells for me too.It was the beginning of my adult life and the beginning of the greatest decade in time for us 'the young ones' (remember Cliff Richard's song?) .My father died thirteen years later and I understand exactly what you are saying in the poem. We have only so much time together to love and cherish each another.Yet that moment at eight years old you never forgot. Sometimes we all imagine we can make time stand still.10. (Report) Reply

  • Lynn Glover (11/4/2010 10:50:00 PM)

    Written, I could tell with much love in your heart, Juan and I know that this poem will always live within you. A very good write. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (10/30/2010 6:46:00 AM)

    Beautiful craft of memory and tribute together. Good poem with easy flow. Thank you for your openness. 10++++++

    Regards,
    pranab (Report) Reply

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