Counter Clockwise

Telaina Eriksen recalls the surreal, backwards feeling that many of us felt on 9/11.

Chimney Swifts

Seldom does one see a coming-of-age story as stark and as inventive as Marc Frazier’s award-winning poem.

Letter to My Daughter

Joy Ladin captures both a parent’s love and a sense of deep loss in this villanelle.

static

A veteran father strategizes how to communicate with his ill child in Randy Brown’s sweet and unsettling poem.

Screw Finding Your Passion

You already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it.

The Gift

Christmas morning provides the occasion for this poignant and vaguely disturbing poem about the sometimes convoluted relationships between mothers and sons.

Empty Nest

Tom Mallouk’s speaker reaches out in sympathy to the mother of his grown child in this emotionally impactful poem.

Becoming A Village

There’s power in numbers.

Understanding Your Place of Influence in Your Child’s Life

Mike Berry looks at what you can do when you’re no longer the number one voice your child listens to.

Lex Talionis

Fathers and sons, patriarchs and nations; Merrill Cole uncovers the draconian methods by which we sometimes govern one another.

Being a Dad and My Professional Work Life: Mutual Impact Stories From My Experiences

Being a working dad can be a challenge, but Karthik Rajan shows us how to draw the two into a rich tapestry of experiences and apply them to each other.

A Little More Conversation

DiaryDad’s kids are ready to be part of the conversation; now if only he could see that. I blew it with my kids the one night a little over a year ago… The worst part about it is that I didn’t realize it until after I had started to get mad at them for a situation that […]

Invisible Darkness

Laura Foley captures the pain of being a mother unable to help an adult son in this stark poem.

I Walked 1,400 Miles After My Son Died and Finally Forgave Myself

Barry Adkins walked 1,400 miles to speak in different schools about his loss of a son due to binge drinking. But the walk itself showed him so much – forgiveness, grief, and moving forward.

The Apostle of Wax and Shine

Lois Roma-Deeley remembers an Italian-American father, his Lincoln, and the magic they evoked.

Why Did God Take My Baby? Dealing With Life’s Most Devastating Loss

The sky was crying. It was an unusually misty day in Joplin, Missouri, as they laid my Angel in her grave. A friend dropped a single red rose on top of the half-sized casket. It was done. My baby was gone.