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We Blossom the World

February 7

Brighter mornings and longer days . . . 

Song of Myself (excerpt)

January 3

Let’s bring in the new year with Uncle Walt.

Happy 2020!

The Things We Take & Leave

December 20

I hope you enjoy Troy Urquhart’s “The Things We Take and Leave,” the last Friday Poem of the year. Happy Holidays!

The Star That Got Its Wish

December 13

I am pleased to feature Gerry Sloan again on Friday Poems. Who else is ready for snow?

Nothing Gold Can Stay

December 6

Happy Friday! Enjoy this classic poem by one of the great masters, Robert Frost .


November 29

Welcome guest poet, Yvonne Morris, with her pensive poem, Slight.

On Loving

November 22

Welcome back guest poet, Leslie Marie Aguilar. For the full text of her powerful poem, you can read it where it was originally published in Callaloo.

I regret to inform you

November 15

I am pleased to feature guest poet, Mick Kennedy. We chose a unique visual for a unique poem.

Leaving Rome

November 8

I was on retreat last week, so Friday Poems took a day off. But we’re back this week with guest poet, Paulette Guerin, and her lovely poem on Rome. 


October 25

Today’s poem is a limerick I wrote last year at Halloween. It is in honor of a local candy-giving legend who does this every year!

Excerpts from “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

October 18

Welcome guest poet, John Keats, with excerpts from one of his most loved poems.

Rothko’s Red on Yellow

October 11

I was on a writer’s retreat last Friday, so we took a break last week. But we are back strong with a poem that blends Rothko red with libraries. 

Entering the Blue Room at Ragdale

September 27

Welcome today’s guest poet, Marilyn Kallet. I am very pleased to feature this lovely poem from Knoxville’s Poet Laureate. 

Here and Now

September 20

Welcome Friday’s guest, CD Albin. He writes a superb opening line with enviable alliteration: “Sawdust scrim settles.”

Sage Bush

September 13

Welcome guest poet, Phil Howerton, who puts his thumbprint on autumn and the “work shirt” of hearty plants.


September 6

I’m delighted to feature today’s guest poet and fellow Ozarker, Gerry Sloan. 

New Life

August 30

Enjoy today’s Friday poem, originally published in my book, O: Love Poems from the Ozarks from TS Poetry Press. Happy Friday!

Fragmentary Blue

August 23

Welcome guest poet, Robert Frost. On New Year’s Day, a good number of his poems entered the public domain. “Fragmentary Blue” is one such poem. Enjoy!

Ushered into the Night

August 16

To the underappreciated bouncers out there . . . .

Frappuccino Love

August 9

A very silly poem. First published by the literary magazine, Forge, then later appeared in my book, Seasons in Love. 

Charming Man

August 2

Do you know a charming man such as this? I hope you enjoy this Friday poem from my book, You Know the Ones.

My Heart Leaps Up

July 26

One of my literary heroes is this week’s guest poet, Mr. William Wordsworth.  

T&P Depot

July 19

Today’s Friday poem is from guest poet, Leslie Marie Aguilar. As a former resident of Abilene, I more than appreciate this ode to that West Texas town.   


July 12

This poem will complement next week’s poem from Leslie Marie Aguilar, as “Regret” also has the theme of romance.  

The Middle Boy’s Name

July 5

I am pleased to feature Ashley Underwood’s fine poem that was originally published in a journal close to my heart: Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies

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