Grandfather’s Love

They said he sent his love to me, They wouldn't put it in my hand, And when I asked them where it was They said I couldn't understand. I thought ... Read more

My Heaven on Earth

“All that in this delightful garden grows, should happy be,and have immortal bliss.” —Edmond Spencer TomOhio JonOhio MelissaNew ... Read more


There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be ... Read more

Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies

Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where ... Read more

An Evening of Childhood

An apricot pudding hissed through a steaming cloth while my brothers and I played planets with the contents of the fruit bowl on the kitchen ... Read more

An Early Winter

You've survived the dying of a womb and the severance of four cords, cool summers and pale autumns, and now, as I wipe the ravages of ... Read more

Song Unsung

My mother traveled long to mother me: through her small life with no doll or braids, She'd hang her sock on Christmas eve, but wake to motherless ... Read more


I moved with her in her shadow, always running behind, keeping in perfect step with her mood, trying to usher her out into daylight so that I ... Read more