Mountain Ash Berries

Horseplay

Ed Harkness writes of “the sting of living” in this fond memory of horseplay with his sons.

The Bet

Dad-Son

Like many great poems, Mike Crossley’s piece about a father’s playful challenge to his son can be understood in many ways.

3 Critical Things Every Dad Needs to Tell His Kids

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Tor Constantino shares 3 critical things he tells his kids that his own father never told him.

Puberty

Bear

A day in the forest and a shared moment of wonderment bring a father and his teenaged son together.

What I Learned From My Dad About Being A Sports Fan: Perspective

Sallee and Dad - GMP

Patrick Sallee learned from his dad that there are far more important things than sports and far greater people to admire than athletes.

Communicado

Phone

Sam Pittman considers the relationship between poetry and more prosaic forms of communication in this father-son poem.

The First Shower

Shower

L. Lamar Wilson raises a powerful memory of sameness and difference– a father-son moment that is both tender and sorrowful.

What She Taught Me

MomMe

Even though he’s never had a conversation with his Mother, Mark MacDonald is eternally grateful for all she has taught him.

Feeling My Way Toward A Better Life

no joke

For some people, emotional maturity may occur faster than others. Joe Rutland ponders the question of whether emotions and feelings really do matter in life.

Because He Reads the Bible

Bible

Dakota Garilli expertly explores the age-old tensions between religion and sexuality, parents and children.

What Happens When a Dad Promises His Little Boy He’ll Eat a Cricket?

gross

Hilarity ensues.

The Day I Stood in the Command Tent Hearing of Your Death, Father

Airman

Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.

Why Fathers Should Choose Their Words Reverently

Why Fathers Should Choose Their Words Reverently

Douglas Thompson talks about how much words can matter in the relationship between a father and his children.

At Buttermilk Falls

Ditch the Cover: A Dad’s Feelings on Open-Air Breastfeeding

Todd Davis offers a powerful poem of listening, reflection, and the natural world.

Emptying the Nest

Jennifer and Nathanial

As her son goes off to college, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf realizes she has been raising him for independence all along.

When My Father Woke

Mask

Pay close attention to Ed Madden’s poem about an invalid father; the speaker reveals perhaps more than he intends to.