On the field he learned that violence was the way to deal with conflict. Off the field he had to learn a better way.
Ashley Inguanta and Sheila Squillante build bridges between past, present, and future in this jointly-written poem–a first for the Good Men Project!
My grandfather made mistakes. He abandoned people who needed him, he alienated people who loved him, but he taught me one important thing — not to have any regrets.
Jeff Jackson strives to live up to the standards of being a “good dad,” and does the best he can. As he ponders what that means, he realizes his own dad was pondering the same thing.
Despite its brutal tragedy, there are important lessons to be learned from a grandfather’s beautiful life and death.
His grandfather was his hero. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he was crushed. When he committed suicide, he was broken. Here’s how he healed.
His grandfather taught him how to be a man. His death left him questioning himself. — I called him “Papa” growing up and idolized him when I was a kid. Not so much during my teenage years—of course, Papa was “unhip and uncool” then. However, sometime in my twenties I regained my senses and a […]
In this remembrance of a grandfather, Charles Bane Jr. writes of coal mines and light, death and the sublime.
The death of the man who raised him left Kimanzi Constable reeling with anger, regret, and yes, gratitude.
Jarrett Neal reflects on the heartbreak and alcoholism that so often attended black men from “the Jim Crow South” in this searing poem.
Dean Kostos expertly weds form and content in this poem–a villanelle–whose use of refrain and repetition reflects an old man’s movement through time and memory.
A baseball story of a boy and his grandfather, of wilting in the pressure of great expectations, and of succeeding by learning not to be afraid to fail.
Kevin Sterling reflects on the profound personal lessons and inspirations he was able to glean from his grandfather’s long and storied life.