My Grandfather Died Today and My Heart is Broken

IMG_0810

The death of the man who raised him left Kimanzi Constable reeling with anger, regret, and yes, gratitude.

Night Train

Man

Jarrett Neal reflects on the heartbreak and alcoholism that so often attended black men from “the Jim Crow South” in this searing poem.

Ice Garden

Ice

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.

An Open Letter to My Grandfather

IMG_4703-1

His grandfather gifted him a legacy, taught him to love story, and to live a life without regrets, now he has to say “thank you” and “goodbye.”

How the Greatest Lesson I Learned From Baseball Became a Lesson for Success in Life

Baseball Lessons - GMP

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.

Moving Up the Generational Ladder: How My Grandfather’s Death Saved My Family

Moving Up the Generational Ladder: How My Grandfather’s Death Saved My Family

Kevin Sterling reflects on the profound personal lessons and inspirations he was able to glean from his grandfather’s long and storied life.

Succession

Generations

Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.

“Is That Sheep Placenta I Smell?”: Remembering the Scents of My Grandfather

"Is That Sheep Placenta I Smell?": Remembering the Scents of My Grandfather

Writer Ian Stansel makes peace with the profoundly terrible stench of his grandfather.

The Day After Father’s Day

Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton reflects on the ways he has been able to make a meaningful, connected life for his family.

Breaking Open

Eye

Peter LaBerge writes tenderly about his grandfather and the mysterious powers that young boys sometimes attribute to their elders.

Portrait of My Grandfather: 80 and Still Cycling

grand

In this beautiful 6-minute documentary, a grandson captures his grandfather’s lifelong passion for cycling.

Being a Grandfather—The Joys and the Lessons Learned

The beard of a grandfather photo by jhhymas

Graham Phoenix recently became a Grandfather for the first time. He is overjoyed about this but aware that it is not as simple as it seems.

This Grandfather’s Letter to His Grandchildren Contains Life Advice We Should All Live By

modeling fatherhood, becoming a father, fatherless fathers

An Irish grandfather wrote to his five grandchildren just months before his death—the advice is beautiful, poignant and brave.

Long Meadow

Tractor 2

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

I’m Supposed to Start with the Last Time I Saw You

Grandfather

Stephen Mills gently eulogizes his grandfather while reflecting on the distances that grow–perhaps inevitably–within families.

How a Chainsaw Made Me a Better Man

chain

Awarding “Man Points” for stereotypically masculine actions is misleading and can be damaging. But I love how that chainsaw helped me grow.