Young Poet

flipping through the digital

pages of a website dedicated

to poetry, I see a gem that

thoroughly catches my eye:

a “young” poet is someone

who is short of 50 years old

it took me with a start since

at 49 I don’t consider myself

to be “young” and I don’t

include myself in the “aged”

still, I wonder, how can I

be considered “young” as

if I’m a junior poet, an

inexperienced individual

I’ve seen, done, lived,

the whole nine yards but

editors will apparently see

me as a “young” poet

imagine that – me…young


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on July 1, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 61 Comments.

  1. platosgroove

    Maybe they are all ninety+

  2. Reblogged this on theunspokenarts and commented:
    lol this one is good

  3. Oh John, you are young! And you know that corny saying, “You’re only as young as…” 🙂

  4. well you are always young at heart lol

  5. Do they take into consideration LIFE experience or perhaps one is an old soul? I cannot image how “old” one must be to be considered an accomplished poet. How strange this world is. Why not just take into consideration the work of the artist regardless of age? If it is good it’s good!!! Simple!

    • I agree completely, Amy. And why do they want to categorize writers by age group? Seems to make no sense to me.

      • John, it doesn’t make sense. That is discrimination, IMO. Talent at any given age is just that, talent. What about these children geniuses who are playing an instrument as a Master? I just don’t get what these people’s mindset is. Not at all.

        • It may just be a casual mention on their site regarding what they’re looking for that I took too much to heart but it didn’t read in that way. I agree with you totally but I suppose if they’re looking for something…that’s up to them. It did feel odd at my age to be called young though. lol

  6. petetryswriting

    As a young guy (17) I feel as if I have no right to lecture you on age, but i dont consider it to matter -at least on a platform such as writing. Surely, all that matters is the quility of writing and, above anything, that what you write is true to you.

    I’m a fan. What you write has charming qualities, its clearly very genuine, and thats awesome.

    • Thank you! I’ve known people your age who had lived a lot and others much older who hadn’t experienced much at all. The writing from either would/could be miles apart. Age has become far too important and, at times, taken into consideration more than what someone can contribute – at any age. It’s great to meet you!

  7. “Young poet” sounds amateurish to me…I’d rather be considered “venerable” as it were…

  8. nice poem!!
    but what would they call me then? INFANT POET 😛 i’m 18!!

    • They might. 😉 I think everyone has something to say despite their age. If it’s expressed well and it’s original and holds its own it deserves to be published. Besides, youth must be served. 🙂

  9. haha… this was fun. While “Young” may be a compliment for some, in another context, as it turns out, not so much 🙂

  10. I wonder at what point being an “antique” arrives? Been there, done that, don’t remember!

    • LOL That’s the truth. Technically we’re both antiques but I assure you we both still have something to say so we should keep saying it even if they think we’re too old, too young, or too inexperienced.

  11. We are all but as young as we feel, for age is but a mere number, a number that changes with each dawn and each dusk. Age only details how long we’ve walked this Earth, not the lessons, the wisdom we’ve collected along the way. You are not just a young poet but, also a young spirit with much left to experience, to live, regardless of the numerical number of days passed.

    • Preach!! There are a lot of days between my birth and my last birthday and more often than not I feel like it which makes me wonder why anyone my age would be considered to be a “young” poet. Either way, I feel fortunate everyday that my mind continues to improve regardless of how I feel physically.

  12. I’m 38 John and I feel there still a young boy inside me. Love this poem.

  13. Thanks for finding my blog and recent posts about France. I enjoyed browsing through your poetry. Our eternal “kid inside” keeps us curious and fun. Keep on writin’.

  14. If they were using the “return of Saturn” as a yardstick, you would be “young” at 49, until about 54 or so. Of course, this is assuming they are astrologers. 🙂 I consider myself a young poet, because I have been writing only about 10 years, but an older person at 65.

  15. Thanks for passing by and for your Like. I like your take on the age topic. I would say no matter the context, if somebody calls me young I take it. Young is good, no?

    • You’re welcome and thank you for visiting and for the comment. You’re right. If they see me as “young” I smile and say thank you. 🙂 It’s great to meet you!

  16. Great poetry! I look forward to reading more of your excellent work! I appreciate your visit and like. I just followed your blog. Have a great week! 😉

  17. That’s just the way it goes, guy . . . they got boxes for us all. Hang in with your heart and screw them.

    • You better believe it! If they see me as old or young I suppose it doesn’t matter provided I don’t wind up in the rejection box. That’s the real obstacle. lol

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