planting seeds

planting seeds

a portion of the poem “planting seeds” from the book “embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living.”  snoring in the dark night.glancing toward the groundwith hopes of a harvest.feeling the sun’s heat.shivering on cold nights.but waiting, after planting,was his...
Thoughts on Baseball, Breakfast, Millie, and Senegal

Thoughts on Baseball, Breakfast, Millie, and Senegal

Most of my poems result from reflections on real life experiences. Thoughts and feelings, questions and prayers, hopes and hurts all swim together in the river of reality. So I write. Instead of holding those issues inside, I write. Poetry and prose, I write. Some of...
From Graduation to Race by Stephanie Hardy

From Graduation to Race by Stephanie Hardy

Volleyball was over. My last semester would be filled with people and memories. The beautiful culmination also meant the end. Excited, expectant, yet nervous, I embarked. My once distant future was near. This was my first time without a sport in my life. This I could...
in this place of now

in this place of now

From the book: embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living.                       in this place of now in athens,the town i’ve visitedfor bookstores and ball gamesand meals and movies,i sat and walked andstood and...
Thoughts on Graduation by Tracy Reynolds

Thoughts on Graduation by Tracy Reynolds

(Tracy Reynolds is my boss and a dear friend. Here are comments he emailed our graduates at Emmanuel College. His remarks were also included on social media. As I continue thinking about graduation during this season of uncertainty, I wanted Pastor Tracy’s voice to be...
DaddyO and Pops

DaddyO and Pops

Our minds often provide photo albums. My mind is doing that today. Last year, on this day, we were seeing DaddyO—my father-in-law Stan Oliver, Sr.—in the hospital and very sick. After a surprising stroke, he spent five days there before he entered his new home. We...
the miles and the hours

the miles and the hours

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” Also, subscribe to the YouTube Poetry Network and watch the video of today’s poem.                       the miles and the...
From Graduation to Race by Stephanie Hardy

pedestrians

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” Also, subscribe to the YouTube Poetry Network and watch the video of today’s poem. darkness, the noticeable art  before the sun shifts the  initial mood,  covers everything. ...
of the night

of the night

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from my new book, “embracing now.” Also, subscribe to the YouTube Poetry Network. there’s a light in the crack of the curtain, resembling an eye glancing through the dark, reminding me of a tiny moon shaped as a...
the dying

the dying

April is #NationalPoetryMonth. Here is one is the poems from Chris Maxwell’s new book, “embracing now.” the week ended.the week merging celebration and accusation ended. weeks do that.they begin their sprint then rushtoward a conclusion.like stories, our weekscontain...