Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,400 Points (25th March 1943)

Keep Compiling - Poem by Ernestine Northover

Do you think, we two, just you and me,
having reached the age of sixty-three,
could find fame by writing poetry.
Or should we continue to compose,
some assorted mild prose,
which then is lost in indistinct obscurity.

Whatever be out hope and our desire,
we always try so hard to thus aspire,
to create a poem that's so exemplary.
And a dream can still persist,
inside our mind's wish-list,
but fades so fast from it, eventually.

Yet never stopping, we just keep compiling,
verse after verse, each one becomes beguiling,
creating our own spoken tapestry,
So on reaching sixty-four,
will we be writing even more,
from our intellect, an untapped treasury.

It's not great works that come always from the young,
there are poets of great merit, their praises sung,
these have deserved to be legendary.
They have composed such noted writes,
each famous name lit up in lights,
because of their sheer talented artistry.

© Ernestine Northover

Comments about Keep Compiling by Ernestine Northover

  • Andrew Blakemore (6/30/2008 2:23:00 PM)

    I think I will go on writing until I kick the bucket. I read somewhere that poets rarely find fame before they're dead. Typical isn't it? Lovely poem, Andrew x (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (1/8/2007 3:30:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading this, with it's fun rhyme scheme and ageless message. -chuck (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2007 12:29:00 PM)

    Nothing more to add that hasn't already been said, Ernestine. I agree with every comment. So I'll just leave it at that and say I have enjoyed reading this excellent piece of work.

    Love, Fran xxx
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2006 2:34:00 AM)

    *****ERNESTINE NORTHOVER***** now there's a name worth putting up in lights, in-fact
    there is a person who we should be truly greatful to have around and learn from
    so I say again *****ERNESTINE NORTHOVER*****, what a wonderful poet and a beautiful soul, Love duncan X
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2006 1:45:00 AM)

    Ernestine, what a charming work filled with questions and more than a little angst. As one who was 60 before she ever put finger to keyboard, I say to you write on fair shrew, and charm the reader with your wisdom and your experience and you unique perception of the world. Long Live All Poets - old and young! love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2006 7:16:00 PM)

    The answer is YES...we will still need you at 64!
    Never stop writing, you are a delight: -)
    New Years Blessings!
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2006 7:06:00 PM)

    Splendid work Ernestine! Please keep compiling, I love your pieces they flow so peaceful and have such deep meaning, as in this one! (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2006 6:54:00 PM)

    Ernestine...shall only agree with the two before me, your way for writes have shown
    that you will always continue in being poetically verse....And this poem is proof
    (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (12/29/2006 5:51:00 PM)

    Ernestine>>>Poetry's peak gauge is like a professional sport in reverse...
    It is the ripe & seasoned Poet's who would make up a Poetic All-Star Team....
    Wisdom & execution are best employed with a many years under the belt...Thank God literature, can be a lifelong, vintaged endeavour....As like a fine wine, it gets better with age..A fine write, indeed, young lady....Love poems about poetry!
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2006 4:35:00 PM)

    Hope springs eternal and your mere 63 years is no barrier to the creative process as this poem shows Ernestine. And working within a tight structure that this feckless youth couldn't cope with. On the evidence of this, you've plenty of years yet before you should be thinking '...... but something ere the end,
    Some work of noble note, may yet be done, '. Authentic poetry. I really enjoyed it.
    (Report) Reply

Read all 10 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Friday, December 29, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, December 17, 2010

Famous Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]