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Missing Dad

Missing Dad

Dad in hat, about 1949


A poem about traveling to Kentucky for Dad’s funeral.  Miss him!



December is leafless—

and the ridges south of the river reveal scars.

The snow resting on their flanks is dry and airy.

It slides off bony-shouldered outcroppings

like a thin hospital gown, and gathers in the folds

of the mountains.


We are following the rail lines south.

The rail lines follow the river.

The river follows the curve of mountains.

The mountains follow the corded veins of coal.


We drive into the coming night

following Father’s coffin home.

Lights flicker on in the coalfields.

Along the railroad track cracked coal,

as sharp as a man’s dying, await loading.


I trace these mountains against my heart.

They are old and crook-backed,

and as knotted with sorrow as my father’s hands.

I push my knuckles—hard—into my chest.

This night is overwhelmed by hush;

the faded hospital gown slipping,

the breath falling . . . and falling away.


Tuning Your Ear to the Sound of Poetry

Tuning Your Ear to the Sound of Poetry



Hey!  I just wanted to shout out that a short blog post I wrote about training one’s ear to the music found in poems is up at the RhyPicBoMo site at:  http://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/  .   (That’s:  Rhyming Picture Book Month site.) Scroll down a little below the information about SCBWI.



(And write a poem today to celebrate National Poetry Month!)






YAY!  I love that poetry has its own month. Read some poems! Write some poems! Vote in the March Madness poetry playoffs at: http://www.thinkkidthink.com/  .  (We’re down to the final eight today!)

Check out this link on 30 ways to celebrate at Poets Org.: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/94

Also, consider signing up for RhyPiBoMo–which translates as Rhyming Picture Book Month at: http://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/ . (You only have to commit to reading a rhyming picture book a day–10 minutes, tops! And to writing a poem a day . . . and to having fun. Plus, there will be a lot of good posts about writing–a new one every day. And I’ve written one which will be posted on April 8th!)  So stop by.

May all your days be lyrical!