Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Then We Came Home

photo © Mark Butkus 2010
Home being that place where the heart lives.

Then we came home;
your fingers pushed my hair,
grew flowers in the ash and I was young.

I loved you and
wrote of it in candlelight.
Je t’aime, I wrote.

You stirred and
I returned to bed.

Then,
we made ourselves
a single, breathing soul.

Stars made fireworks,
the sea traveled
in a coat of sparks and
we stopped the hours.


— Charles Bane, Jr.


Then We Came Home continues our serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry, The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Part of a years-long journey, where we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers.

Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A career encompassing collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth was published in 2015.

We thank Charles for his continuing contributions and wish him well in the publishing of a collection of short fiction entitled, For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Sequel And Other Stories.