The following is a poem from Rod McKuen's book "Listen to the Warm": "These long years later it is worse, for I remember what it was as well as what it might have been." Another poem in McKuen's book is “Now is next to nothing compared to where I've been.”
The poem "The Need," described as one of McKuen's more famous works, includes the following lines: "It's nice sometimes to open up the heart a little and let some hurt come in. It proves you're still alive." McKuen's poem "A Cat Named Sloppy," written in memory of a pet, includes the lines: "A dozen summers we lived against the world. An island on an island. She'd comfort me with purring; I'd fatten her with smiles."