Yesterday—in front of my two younger children—I nearly choked to death on my grilled chicken dinner. What should have simply released a heavy sigh of relief in my wife’s ear at bedtime contorted into a sleepless night of revisiting another recent near miss: Last month I wanted to take my own life. The two brushes…
A father’s firmness and a young man’s growth are the focuses of Ivan Kershner’s tight, compelling poem.
A trip through the Provincetown dunes in Cape Cod sparks memories of a father’s final days in Marc Frazier’s poem
Steven Lake asks himself the ultimate knight-in-shining armor question, and discovers a few surprises.
A father reflects on his changing relationship with his growing daughter in Benjamin Myers’s tender poem.
In advance of Mother’s Day, here’s a poem from Christopher Nelson which celebrates beauty and a son’s love for his mom. It’s also one of those poems that makes you go “Oh!” at the end.
English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.
Should paternity certainty be important to good men?
Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.
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.
Parkinson’s Disease and a parent’s past and present are the subjects of Dion O’Reilly’s moving poem.
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.
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…
Telaina Eriksen recalls the surreal, backwards feeling that many of us felt on 9/11.
Seldom does one see a coming-of-age story as stark and as inventive as Marc Frazier’s award-winning poem.
Joy Ladin captures both a parent’s love and a sense of deep loss in this villanelle.