July 2022 Am I Ready To Change?

Who me?Why would I want to?What I’d like to change is …             by Richard Hugo (1923-1982) SECOND CHANCES by Richard Hugo (1923-1982) I can’t let it go, the picture I keep of myself in ruin, living alone, some wretched town where friendship is based on just being around. And I drink there a lot,…

June 2022 Fathering

Questions for Myself Do I love my father?How did my father wound me?How did my father change my parenting? Fathers and Sons By Eugene Marckx Dale lived alone with his mother, except on nights when the banker’s top hat was hanging on her bedroom door, or the senator’s homburg, or the general’s roughrider hat. Dale…

May 2022 Mothering

Was it mothering or smothering?How was it to be mothered for me?Was I mothered by my father? Nestor By Eugene Marckx A featherbrained idler – what your grandfather said of him, and farmers hereabouts who should’ve known better, long after Nestor took to the road. Then he was forgotten, but the forgetting couldn’t quite fill…

April 2022 My Scars

Can I look at my scars?Did my wounds heal and scars?How do I benefit from my scars? Old Soldier He walks between his metal shop and his greenhousefingernails broken at the edgeswrists coloring rust into the dirtfeet spread apart the old grunt way‒ a habit not broken off frommortars dropping In the metal shop sparks…

March 2022 Mentors in My Life

Who mentors you?Are you a mentor?Did a mentor change your life? The Seven Directions LOST BROTHER Recording includes the poem and a short story of Baal Shem Tov (The Besht) By Stanley Moss I knew that tree was my lost brother when I heard he was cut down at four thousand eight hundred sixty-two years; I…

February 2022 Small Miracles

Can you list the miracles in your life?What to you is miraculous? The Heart of Us All  With the radio and the television off all morning  and the newspaper folded in its chair  I leave the laptop alone  and set my phone on mute  I just want to hear bird-chatter in the air  faint shouts…

January 2022 My Worst & Best Day

What made my worst Day?Remembering my best dayLiving through my worst day The Lion for Real              By Allen Ginsberg                          Soyez muette pour moi, Idole contemplative…  I came home and found a lion in my living room  Rushed out on the fire-escape screaming Lion! Lion!  Two stenographers pulled their brunette hair and banged the window shut  I hurried…

December 22021 If Not Now … When?

What am I waiting for?Why not now?What holds me back?When? The Black Snake    by Mary Oliver When the black snake flashed onto the morning road, and the truck could not swerve— death, that is how it happens. Now he lies looped and useless as an old bicycle tire. O stop the car and carry…

November 2021 Making vs. Wasting Time

How do I make time for myself?What was I told was a waste of my time?Do I make time for what’s important to me? Basket Woman [cpm-player skin="device-player-skin" width="450" playlist="true" autoplay="false" shuffle="false" type="audio"][cpm-item file="https://www.agatheringofmen.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/basketWoman.wav"]basketWoman[/cpm-item][/cpm-player] A tale by Eugene Marckx Long ago when the first people lived on the earth a young man left all his…

October 2021 Where Is My Song?

Do I remember my song?Where does my song come from?Am I willing to sing it? A Hole in the Sky [cpm-player skin="device-player-skin" width="450" playlist="true" autoplay="false" shuffle="false" type="audio"][cpm-item file="https://www.agatheringofmen.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/HoleInTheSky.wav"]HoleInTheSky[/cpm-item][/cpm-player] (from the Colville Native American tradition) In the time before humans were born, the critters and birds had a tough time of it. The sky was always…

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