Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Poem For My Son

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
A world in play...

It must be carried in the hands,
this such as never was.
Allowed in shadow,
a second of nevermore?

Out from the shadows
this precious, darling, lamp.
Onto throne of day,
this unhoped for.

This song,
and miracle of
dancing light.
This reach of waiting mine.

A leap into my arms;
birds watching, winging life
atop the house
where we race to
spill upon the floor and
map its’ world in play.
Sending clouds like ships
to farther skies
in the park at close of day.

Night falling like
arms upon the sea.
Sleep, love atop love.
Sleep, and turning in the bed,
change dark to eyes of God.

— Charles Bane, Jr.

Poem for My Son concludes our serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry, The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). This has been a years-long journey, where we shared and explored 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.


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