Re: J.F.K.'S FAVORITE POEM
Posted by Ozarks Lawyer - The Anti-Poet. on 8/29/05
Does anyone really read this crap and become moved by it?
Come to know your whistle? Flick the mushrooms? Ah, come
On 8/29/05, Hardy Parkerson, Atty. wrote:
> Young man, I have seen thee strolling
> In the stillness of the park.
> Day by day, hand in pocket
> Of your thin, familiar jacket,
> Twlight into dark.
> I have come to know your whistle,
> Know your collie,
> Know your cap.
> Have seen the straggling sunlight hold you,
> Watched the emerald grass enfold you
> In its loving lap.
> With your lichened switch I see you
> Flick the mushrooms in your way.
> And I know what you are thinking.
> Would that through the soft mist falling
> You could hear a stranger calling,
> Anybody know who wrote this poem which is said to have
> been J.F.K.'s favorite? One interpretation of it is of a
> young man who strolls in something like Central Park (NYC)
> each afternoon late and is watched from the window of a
> high-rise apartment or hosptial nearby by an invalid
> and/or homebound disabled person (surely a female), who
> looks forward each day to the young man's arrival and
> watches his every move, and that of his collie, and who is
> close enough to hear his whistle, or can see that he is
> whistling and "hears" it in her own mind, and who dreds
> the time when the younng man walks away from the park just
> before sun down. That evaluation of the poem was more or
> less written in some other words by my late, great father
> J.D. Parkerson, born Rocky Mount, LA, 1911, a poet
> himself, among other things. I wonder if my father wrote
> that poem. If so, he never told me he did. However, I
> found it among his possessions after he died, as well as
> his intrepretation of it, and the memorandum to which his
> hand-written interpretation was attached said that this
> was J.F.K.'s favorite poem. But I wonder who did write
> it. Does anybody know?
> Hardy Parkerson, Atty.
> Lake Charles, LA
Posts on this thread, including this one
- J.F.K.'S FAVORITE POEM, 8/29/05, by Hardy Parkerson, Atty..
- Re: J.F.K.'S FAVORITE POEM, 8/29/05, by Ozarks Lawyer - The Anti-Poet..
- Re: J.F.K.'S FAVORITE POEM, 8/29/05, by Hardy Parkerson, Atty..
- Re: J.F.K.'S FAVORITE POEM, 8/31/05, by Ozarks Lawyer.
- Re: J.F.K.'S FAVORITE POEM, 9/01/05, by Dr. Martin Hughes - San Jose State.