The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

Reading

Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

Most of What is Written is Simply Grief

Forest

This poem from Todd Davis is a prime example of the power of the unspoken, the understated.

Proud to Have a Gladiator Sports Locker. Grateful to Now Have My Sons Room Clean

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My son got a sports locker. And his room and I thank him for it.

Done Punching Walls: How I’m Saving My Marriage

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Rory Caldwell was an angry man. After seeing himself through his son’s eyes, he’s now healing himself, his marriage, and his family.

Watching Apocalypse Now

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Michael Frizell writes of Vietnam and the father who was there.

How I Got My Son Back Into School With an Unconventional Solution

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Extreme challenges kept one mother’s son home from school, endangering his graduation, until she hit upon a last-ditch answer.

Orion

Orion

David Bublitz recalls a letter from his soldier father and what the night sky brought him.

December 2014

Fist

Peter Putnam offers an image of hope and growth in the midst of a time marked by destruction and hate.

The Unintended Consequences of Parental Expectations

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As an abused child she knew the negative power a parent could have, but she didn’t know the power of positive parenting could be almost as frightening.

Dad and Baby Breakdancing Contest

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This father and son breakdancing “battle” is so cute, it doesn’t matter who wins.

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

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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.