The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing a Child

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Losing a child was the hardest thing Heather Spohr ever went through. Here’s how she managed to find strength in her marriage throughout her difficult time.

Shell Shock

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Scott Hightower depicts a vulnerable veteran from a child’s perspective, to powerful effect.

Still Beating Heart

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Short, lyrical, and imagistic, Kevin Minh’s poem contains all the compact power of a baby’s heartbeat.

Mapmaking

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Dwight Gray’s “Mapmaking” makes the simple act of a child drawing appear as profound and miraculous as any myth of creation and destruction.

Managing Crazy: 4 Tips For Sanity While Parenting a Child With a Chronic Illness

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Jenny Glick is a therapist but these are lessons she’s learned as a married mom of a son living with diabetes.

Sunday Night in My Thirties

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Thom Ingram reflects on the pressure some of us face to have children.

After They Finish With You

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The speaker of RG Evans’s poem bids a dying father farewell in this passionate reflection.

After Years of Separation, All This 85-Year Old Man Wanted Was to See His Daughter Again (Video)

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Bert is an 85-year old man who said his only wish was to see his daughter again, “before [he] goes.”

Long Meadow

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Three generations of men populate Todd Davis’s poem about sons and grandfathers, a reflective piece on the circularity of past, present, and future.

it gets better, by halves

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A creative and disturbing piece from Sean Patrick Mulroy on childhood, neglect, and silence.

ReMoved: A Viral Short Film That Will Change You

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This award-winning short film creates deeper understanding of what life is like for a foster child.

Adorable South-African Kid and Brazilian Soccer Superstar Neymar Share a Moment of Touching Friendship (Video)

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This little boy ran onto the soccer field to meet his favorite players. Little did he know his act would be cause for celebration.

Advice to New Fathers: Get Down on the Floor

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Leonard Pitt, on simple moments.

The Wish to Sing with Primitive Baptists

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In this stirring poem from Christopher Martin, the “wish to sing” is both literal and metaphoric.

Damnation by Firelight

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Using the unassuming structure of the prose poem, Jim Churchill-Dicks presents a disturbing, emotionally-charged moment between father and son.

Smoke

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R.G. Evans shows us how the seemingly simple questions our children ask us can set off a whole train of complicated associations.