Juan Olivarez

Freshman - 828 Points (september 12 / nyssa oregon)

1961 - Poem by Juan Olivarez

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.

Comments about 1961 by Juan Olivarez

  • Gold Star - 28,812 Points Kim Barney (5/3/2015 12:54:00 PM)

    Very nice poem about the love you shared with your father. Family ties are one of the most important things in life. My father lived to be 86 but my mother was only 44 when she passed away. I have written poems about both of them but will not advertise the titles here.
    1961, however, will appear again. Just turn it upside down, and there it is!
    Congrats on poem of the day! Well written. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,032 Points Brian Stafford (5/3/2015 8:39:00 AM)

    Congrats, and on getting poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,979 Points Luis Estable (5/3/2015 5:36:00 AM)

    This try is about that year in your life 1961, and how deep your carry it. The poem is simple in diction but full of meaning. You has managed, with a few word, in this short poem, to say a lot.

    I enjoyed the reading and it was my pleasure to make some comments on it.

    keep on writing!

    Luis Estable (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,727 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (5/3/2015 12:38:00 AM)

    That only twelve more years, I'd hold,
    That aging father of mine.

    the impossibility and possibility are very well connected with lots of emotion attached...Appa, I admire and follow what ever you had taught me through Hindu way of living... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 72,031 Points Kelly Kurt (5/3/2015 12:26:00 AM)

    Lovely and touching poem, Juan.1961 is forever in your heart. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,414 Points 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

  • Rookie Jim Farr (7/25/2011 8:08:00 PM)

    great message, and it flows very well (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 11 Points 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

  • Rookie - 131 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Gold Star - 6,116 Points 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++++++

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  • Rookie - 3 Points Bert Bell (10/29/2010 11:33:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem, Juan. Very moving words. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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