Full of hope, or: Full of her

Poetry Partners #104 'Infertility', a poem by Eileen Backman of 'EmybackArt' I pray for you every night it seems, but you’ve been slow to answer. You, a tiny little speck of life, that will grow and kick and laugh and cry and change my life forever. You have a name already, but I dare not… Continue reading Full of hope, or: Full of her

Cloudless, or: Unbounded

EPIGRAPH: It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes.-Truman Capote (1924 – 1984), Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories unbounded in a boy's eyes unbounded by societal norms by truisms, by words, by my own eyes, by contrary evidence unbounded… Continue reading Cloudless, or: Unbounded

Sunny, or: Moon-Moon

Two limericks Sun to Moon Oh, adorable Moon-Moon, my Sweet, come, let Sunny give you a treat. Those boys don't appreciate you! You're special! If only they knew! Use my beams! You'll knock 'em off their feet! Moon's response Buuuut, Suuuunnny! I do NOT want your help! I can handle those bullies myself! Whenever I… Continue reading Sunny, or: Moon-Moon

Dare, or: Truth

An American sentence: Her dad beams, as his child teaches herself to swim without a kickboard. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading Dare, or: Truth

Eventually, or: Thank goodness!

A Chōka Gymboree playdates; small girls... ack! That is to say, medium-sized girls playing, exhausting themselves on climbing walls, slides, trampolines, bungee towers, huge air mattresses, forts of enormous cushions, ball pits, balloon rooms, mini-soccer fields, dark rooms, swings, long balance beams, multiple levels, and then pizza followed by ice cream are actually enough to… Continue reading Eventually, or: Thank goodness!

Yucky, or: Spoiled

A rhyming sijo I once received harsh rejection Upon expressing affection, For I'd erred in my selection, And bought some "yucky" confections; I guess... 'pon reflection... That she'd expected perfection. 'Ronovan Writes' poetry challenge Sijo Wednesday #7 Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the word 'perfection' today. Sijo? A Korean verse form related… Continue reading Yucky, or: Spoiled

Literally, or: Figuratively

Poetry Partners #67 'The poem of your life', a poem by Kim Whysall-Hammond of 'The Cheesesellers Wife' You have always strived to understand when very small you deduced gravity was invisible strings tied to our feet and God sat at the world's centre pulling hard which is why He doesn’t answer little boys prayers, He… Continue reading Literally, or: Figuratively

Single parenting during a playdate

My wife traveling abroad Every so often, my wife leaves me at home with our daughter for a week, as I've mentioned in the past, and this was such a week. In general, these weeks are stressful for all of us. For me, it's stressful because I have to be "on" full-time as a father… Continue reading Single parenting during a playdate