Birds Fly Here: Two Poems by William Stafford

On Friday August 30th, just a few days ago, Ireland, the world really, lost a beloved poet. And just before that happened I was planning this post to remember possibly my most favorite American poet William Stafford, who passed away the same week, on August 28th twenty years ago. I cannot say there are many…

God, Dad and Cars by David J. Bauman

Originally posted on The Blue Hour:
I’m 8 years old, perched on a headlight under the raised hood of our white four-door Chevy, which has somehow stranded us at Uncle Bob’s farm. But this isn’t like the time before, in Canada, when we broke down along a country road, far from home. Across the back…

Kindness, Bullying and Loss

I have been quiet on the blog this week (though there is much to update), and on Facebook, reduced to just hitting the “like” button. A few years ago, in the early days of dating Brian, he introduced me to one of his very best friends. And so I got to know one of the…

Sleep by Jeremy Nathan Marks

Originally posted on The Blue Hour:
When a man is left to sleep sleep when he feels his appetite for rest wrestle from himself that greater need to lay awake Then he will begin to really think- think not about what is nor what is not but allow sleep to let his body reach For…