By Rodney Rountree
Here are presented a collection of poems written over a 15 year period of my life from a teenager to age 30. Dates are approximate, and in some cases guesses. Poems chronicle periods of romance, growth and despair, often reflecting attitudes of achievement against all odds, and wonder of the universe. Some, especially early ones, are rather simplistic, sappy love poems (e.g. “The Fairest of the Fair), while I’m quite proud of others (Lost at Sea). Many of the poems derive their imagery directly from nature and reflect my lifelong observation of, and love for, the natural world around us. Several of the poems were inspired by Edgar Allen Poe and emulate his style (especially Mythical Dream and The Dock), though they do not have themes of gore or horror. “A Man on a Rock” was written as a song late at night while I was procrastinating from studying for an exam. It was intended to be eerie and turned out quite creepy. The poems are presented just as written at the time, except for spelling and typo corrections. Structure and grammar are left as written. Grammar is not always correct as I often use extra commas and other punctuation in an attempt to control the way the poem is read. I hope you enjoy them my little time capsule of poems.
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