Bloodlines

English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.

Paternity Certainty and the Good Dad

Should paternity certainty be important to good men?

My Father Buys a Ballroom in Shanghai, China, 1944

Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.

The Rewarding, Frazzled Life Of The ‘Constant Parent’

Being the constant parent, you are taken for granted, you are expected to perform on cue, and there are no sick days. But the reward is something money can’t buy.

Between Me and Death

Parkinson’s Disease and a parent’s past and present are the subjects of Dion O’Reilly’s moving poem.

How Did You Prepare to Be a Dad and Other Questions You Never Thought You’d Be Asked…Part II

Last week, Lynn Wicker covered the preparation dads need to face to make it through the earlier years of parenting. This go-round, tweens and teens are the topic.

Finding the Power to Dream Again

Something quiet roars within our being, reminding us there is something greater, something more. I have lived nearly three and a half decades now and have witnessed many personal dreams crash and burn, as many other people have seen in their own lives. I have watched as precious dreams faded off into wherever they go, passed on […]

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.

A Father Speaks on Her Gender Transition

Author, professor, and parent Joy Ladin speaks on her transition from male to female and how it has made her think about what it really means to be “a woman.”

BOTS Daddy-Daughter Debate Will Make You and Your Girl Closer

A lack of natural synchronicity between fathers and daughters doesn’t mean either party is not a priority to the other. The simple answer to an improved relationship lies in intentional communication.

static

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

What Would You Want Your Kids to Say About You in Stories to Their Kids?

What kind of dad—nay; what kind of person will I be? And how will I show who I am to my children?

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.