Age Looking Back at Its Youth

By John M. Ridland b. 1933
We had so little, yet we had so much:
Thunder and lightning at the lightest touch.

Source: Poetry (February 2011).


This poem originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

February 2011


John Ridland was born in London and grew up in California. He earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate School and has published numerous books and chapbooks, including Odes on Violence (1969), In the Shadowless Light (1978), Palms: Six ballads (1993), Poems of the American West (2002), A Brahms Card Ballad (2007), Happy in an Ordinary Thing (2013), and A. Lincolniad: An epic poem honoring the memory of President Abraham Lincoln . . .

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