Created February 1, 2006. Revised March 1, 2006; May 8, 2007; August 29, 2007; and May 8, 2013.
Copyright 1998-2013 by John W. Allen.
THE POEMS AND SONGS OF
JOHN W. ALLEN
INTRODUCTION TO MY WORKS HERE
I love poetry and I used to love writing poetry and later writing song tunes.
As a child I had a few of my poems published in the Chicago Sun Times newspaper. I loved to wax poetical in everything
I wrote at an early age.
My first poem below was a riddle about a house on a cliff. Written in 1957-1958.
I was very proud of that poem and still am.
I should point out, that as a child, my favorite poets included Rudyard Kipling, Robert Service, Edgar Allan Poe,
and Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson to name a few.
I Use to keep my poems in one very large black book diary, a collection of every poem and song I had
written betrween 1957 through 1967.
In the late spring of 1967 I went on a road trip with 18 other long-haired hippies to start a commune on the
Swanee River near Gainseville, Florida.
Somewhere along the way, most likely New Orleans, I left the group and somehow I accidently left my book of
complete works from 1957-1967 in the vehicle I was traveling in.
What hurt me the most about losing the diary was that I had written a 300 verse humorous poem based on
Bram Stoker's Dracula. Now gone forever. Unless the persons who owned the vehicle kept the diary.
After that I did not feel so poetic anymore. At least as being creative was concern. I did write some cool songs
in the 1960s which are posted in the song section.
A few songs are inclomplete because the lyrics were lost years ago. I note those songs, at least two I
can think of are missing some verses.
Please enjoy what little I had kept up with. a few poems and a few songs.
LINES OF WISDOM
MIGHTY THE SQUIRREL
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