October 22, 2017

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 11, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt On the rough diamond, the hand-cut field below the dog lot and barn, we rehearsed the strict technique of bunting. I watched from the infield, the mound, the backstop as your left hand climbed the bat, your legs and shoulders squared […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 4, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Loving Working Work was a shining refuge when wind sank its tooth into my mind. Everything we love is going away, drifting – but you could sweep this stretch of floor, this patio or porch, gather white stones in a bucket, rake the patch for future planting, mop the […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 28, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The painter Harlan Hubbard said that he was painting Heaven when the places he painted merely were the Campbell or the Trimble County banks of the Ohio, or farms and hills where he had worked or roamed: a house’s gable and roofline rising from a fold […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 21, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) August These fields know no idle hours they are kept by wind and by the sudden storms that strip illusion back, which open up creeks among a few stones and send the startled cows to cover. These fields cannot, of course, relax. Through them, all night, all day, the […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 14, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • For is there a thought in the wide world so sweet, As that God has so cared for us, bad as we are, That He thinks of us, plans for us, stoops to entreat, And follows us, wander we ever so far? From The Remembrance of Mercy […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 7, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Sonnet Forty I understand that matter can be changed To energy; that maths can integrate The complex quantum jumps that must relate The fusion of the stars to history’s page. I understand that God in every age Is Lord of all; that matter can’t dictate; That […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 31, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The Need of Being Versed in Country Things The house had gone to bring again To the midnight sky a sunset glow. Now the chimney was all of the house that stood, Like a pistil after the petals go. The barn opposed across the way, That […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 24, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) Blessing When the World is Ending Look, the world is always ending somewhere. Somewhere the sun has come crashing down. Somewhere it has gone completely dark. Somewhere it has ended with the gun, the knife, the fist. Somewhere it has ended with the slammed door, the shattered hope. Somewhere […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 17, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • At the Johnson County Fair The sweet sins of Summer beckon from within the bubbling oil, burnt by grease as young arms are by sun. I am at once a funnel cake, and want one. Neon-painted curious eyes, slit-sized once more by festering scent of cattle […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 10, 2016

Click on picture for larger image • • • Summer, when the living is easy and we store up pleasure in our bodies like fat, like Eskimos, for the coming season of privation. All August the Ferris wheel will turn in the little amusement park, and screaming teenage girls will jump into the river with […]