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I Am Not A Poet - Poem by Stug Jordan

I am not a poet.
I have not been to university:
no old lecturers have singled me out
for special things to come,
I have no plaques, no artifice;
I am not the word-worrying kind.
I am not a teacher,
and so have no notes on the side;
(draws of folded manuscript in
both neat and shabby hands) :
I am not bald or balding,
as yet, and have no length of beard
to practice academia from.
I have no means to fund it,
and no fortune to parade it.
I am not a poet,
I have not made it.
Nor am I a church warden;
a retired councillor; a librarian.
I don’t amass The Literature,
then never read it.
I am not so Irish. I have no blood
in Wales or France.
Nothing in me is of Portugal.
I am not a woman, soft-faced
and gentle, pushing poems
past forty, in a stream of horticulture:
semi-retirement and Latin flowers.
I am not a critic, nor a monarchist.
I am not a poet
these past so and so years.
I have no grant, no salary.
I have never looked my most solemn
in Westminster Abbey, and
thought of a retirement there.
My car is not old and worn out:
I don’t own one.
I never ponder my train journeys.
There are never moments when,
looking back on those who are,
I think: If they were then as I am now,
why can’t I….?
But I don’t, because
I am not one of those.


Comments about I Am Not A Poet by Stug Jordan

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (4/17/2007 9:04:00 AM)

    If you're not a poet, and a brilliant one, then I'm not a good judge of poetry...which I am, certain phoney mentioned qualifications allowed for... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 3 Points Original Unknown Girl (4/16/2007 10:22:00 AM)

    Great piece, guess it takes allsorts to make a poet but a certain perception of life and the things that amuse/aggravate/arouse us make us want to write. And you write well my friend! HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alexzia Ferdinand (4/10/2007 5:41:00 PM)

    interesting musings...but no comment is needed because if your not a poet, than that's not a poem! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Retirement

  1. 1. I Am Not A Poet , Stug Jordan
  2. 2. Retirement Blues , Joy Thacker
  3. 3. Retirement , Amelia Evelyn White
  4. 4. Civil Unrest. , Maria Shaw
  5. 5. The Retiree's Lament , Mike Green
  6. 6. Retirement , Rose Angel H
  7. 7. Detailed To Perfection , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. 8. There Can Be No Freedom , Eric Cockrell
  9. 9. Of Berserkers, Cows, & Lady Gaga (17 Poe.. , sheena blackhall
  10. 10. I Appreciate Your Keeping Of Such Distance , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  11. 11. They Call Him Gale* , Maurice Harris
  12. 12. How To Do Things 'Their' Way , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  13. 13. Not A Life Worth Saving (Revised) , Margaret Alice Second
  14. 14. Date , gajanan mishra
  15. 15. Mother – Daughter , Aparna Chatterjee
  16. 16. At Home With Our Dogs , RIC S. BASTASA
  17. 17. In The Fields By The Sullane , Francis Duggan
  18. 18. The Retired Commander In Chief , Francis Duggan
  19. 19. Shut Up, Holden , gershon hepner
  20. 20. The Best , Robert Rorabeck
  21. 21. If Nobody Is Looking , gershon hepner
  22. 22. She Has Her Plans Made , Francis Duggan
  23. 23. This Is The Lucky Country , Francis Duggan
  24. 24. Sid , Francis Duggan
  25. 25. I’ll Show You Enthusiasm (Rev) 6.26.2008 , Margaret Alice
  26. 26. To A Country Of Infinite Dawn , RIC S. BASTASA
  27. 27. Born In Baryards , gershon hepner
  28. 28. Reward , Carolyn Brunelle
  29. 29. Sixty - Two , Jonathan Goldman a.k.a JGthe ..
  30. 30. Learn To Dance , Carolyn Brunelle
  31. 31. Vic And Vo , Francis Duggan
  32. 32. Old Jimmy , Francis Duggan
  33. 33. On The Passing Of Dave Sheehan , Francis Duggan
  34. 34. The Semi Pro Punter , Francis Duggan
  35. 35. We Are Near Life's Finish Line , Francis Duggan
  36. 36. For Many , Francis Duggan
  37. 37. English Jan , Francis Duggan
  38. 38. Jean Hickey , Francis Duggan
  39. 39. Greg , Francis Duggan
  40. 40. For Whom The Toll Booth Tolls , Ted Sheridan
  41. 41. Dave ~ On Your Retirement , Jonathan Goldman a.k.a JGthe ..
  42. 42. Old Jenny , Francis Duggan
  43. 43. The Ex Government Minister. , Francis Duggan
  44. 44. On The Execution Of Timothy Mcveigh , Francis Duggan
  45. 45. Misfits In Liverpool , oskar hansen
  46. 46. The Washerman's Ass Find I Not , Bijay Kant Dubey
  47. 47. Shroud Unfolding , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  48. 48. Studding , Stanley Cooper
  49. 49. Old Couple , RIC S. BASTASA
  50. 50. 050710c Worrisome Economy-Bail Me Out , Manonton Dalan
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