A Word of Explanation

As you will see in this collection of My Favorite Childhood Poems, most of these poems deal with very depressing issues such as “the end of the world”, “nuclear holocaust”, “death”, and “suicide.” It would seem strange to think that these would be a child’s favorite poems. I will attempt to explain.

This is Not a Picture of Me

I grew up during a time when the “end of the world” was always imminent and lived with a mother who was frequently depressed and suicidal. She was also of the “hippie” generation. We were very poor and I had no books of my own but I loved to read. A friend of my mother’s gave me a box of books when I was about 7 years old, and among the books in the box was a real treasure. It was a book of collected poetry called Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle
and I loved it! I still have it to this day, and it is from this book that all of the poems in this section derive.

I was, of course, due to the world and situation in which I lived at the time, particularly drawn to the poems involving “the end of the world”, “nuclear holocaust”, “death”, and “suicide” and that is why these poems have been included here.