Hugh Cobb

(29 January 1947 / New York, NY)

A Poem to Honor St. Valentine


If youth could age's wisdom ken,
& age could know youth's fire again
or age could Old Time's hands turn back
T'would then be youth with time to spend
& wisdom's strengths on which to depend.
This said, t'is never just white or black
For youth doth all discretion lack
& age tho' willing & desirous to play
To youth's vitality must passion give way
& such a conflict therein lies
for age is by youth most oft despised
& youth by age oft seen to whine,
“please, won't you be my valentine? ”

(Copyright 2/12/2006)

(Happy Valentine's to PoemHunter!)

Submitted: Sunday, February 12, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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  • Linda Ori (6/16/2006 1:30:00 AM)

    When we're young we can't wait to grow up. When we're old, we wish we were young again. Never satisfied, are we? Couldn't we just reach a happy medium and stay there with all the aspects of each extreme intact? Great read.
    Linda (Report) Reply

  • Danny Reynolds (3/21/2006 10:34:00 AM)

    Absolutely marvellous. I don't see Shaky as the muse here, but Rabbie burns through the page.
    Danny. (Report) Reply

  • Gina Onyemaechi (3/4/2006 9:37:00 PM)

    Oh but your skill of style, Hugh! This is a clever and addictive piece of writing, and like all the others have said, I feel Shakespeare himself would have been proud to have written this. And thanks for your comment on 'For This I Ache'. Yep, I'm doing ok, thanks. Squeezing your hand, Gina. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Hepner (2/26/2006 8:17:00 PM)

    I do like the antiquated style, very clever and suitable! By the way, it's not just the young who want to be valentined... in fact it's not mainly the young though nobody asked my opinion! Fondly, Linda (Report) Reply

  • Scarlett Treat (2/24/2006 10:40:00 PM)

    Age to me is that old saying, 'The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak! ' Inside my head I am still 16, and I 'Know youth's fire again! ' Beautiful thoughts, well put. Scarlett (Report) Reply

  • Mary Nagy (2/23/2006 8:05:00 PM)

    I'm not horribly old yet but I really do think ''youth'' is wasted on the young! I wish I had the energy, ideas, (stamina!) as I did when I was young. I love the old language you've used Hugh (even though I hated my Shakespeare class!) Very nice. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • Declan McHenry (2/16/2006 10:38:00 PM)

    Now this I do appreciate Hugh. A fine work with meaning. I like the touch of craft you apply and the way you've couched the whole message in the language so beloved of those who still pen their own valentine verses. (Report) Reply

  • Gregory Gunn (2/13/2006 5:51:00 PM)

    Dear Hugh,
    Methinks the ghost of Shakespeare was in your general vicinity as you penned the glorious magnum opus. I doth tip my feathered trilby hat to you dear Sir. (Report) Reply

  • Lawrence S. Pertillar (2/13/2006 1:12:00 AM)

    Hey, when young we despise the elders. When old(er) we don't unerstand the young enough to dislike them. I know youth's fire...it just takes me longer to light it!
    Nice poem, Hugh.
    L (Report) Reply

  • kskdnj sajn (2/12/2006 10:26:00 PM)

    'Age knows youth's fire' in this write,
    't'is never just white or black'.
    Beautiful yearning, and honor Hugh.
    I don't like valentines day, but this one slipped passed and warmed my traditional bitter heart.
    Thanks,
    Angie (Report) Reply

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