Perspectives: 203/365

Sara Holmes (Violin, Eight Bars Parents)

Watching them squirm
When I play,
The Devil Went Down to Georgia,
Is about the most fun
I’ve had playing in a long time.

I tap into some anger
About all the time
They made me do this.
Maybe someday I will appreciate
The hours of missed play.

For now, though,
Let me, “Jump up on a hickory stump.”

Perspectives: 202/365

Alfie Pearce (Mushroom Grower, Music Friends of Sports)

Some are talking vegetables
Over weed.
At least we’re not talking about
This damn school thing.
I want to grow more,
I want to be solid with my workers
I want them to feel safe here.
Maybe I can do something more.
Maybe I can help them understand
The paths to citizenship,
The importance of being part of the process,
The value of their contribution
For the growth of our community,
Whatever it is that we do,
They are an important part of the process.

Perspectives: 201/365

Jack Dean (Finance, Eight Bars Parent)

As you know,
I’d rather be golfing,
But my son
Has me caught up in defending him
While making sure
I am true to my friends, too.

This sucks,
Being pulled in two different directions,
The father-son bond unbreakable,
The tribal connections to other parents,
Showing my weakness for “show.”
I wish I could just tee one up, right now.

Perspectives: 200/365

Jeffrey Holmes (Anesthesiologist, Music Friends of Sports)

Take a deep breath,
Start counting.

That’s it.

Perspectives: 199/365

Mark Dawson (Mushroom Grower, Eight Bars Parent)

Some of us
What to grow weed.

Too controversial for me…

Truth is,
I don’t really care about this sports thing.

Too ridiculous for me…

Maybe we should,
Grow vegetable inside.

I’ll make that suggestion.

Perspectives: 198/365

Horace Taylor (Florist, Music Friends of Sports)

My resolve to keep quiet,
My patience with the stupidity,
My understanding of my daughter,

Perspectives: 197/365

Scott Thomson (General Practitioner, Eight Bars Parent)

I’ve checked out,
My new office is great.
The patients have adjusted and
It’s been good for my wife’s yoga studio.
Some of my patients
Have joined her classes, so we are getting
Paid twice.

The business of medicine…

Mothers Forever

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The following poem is included in the book Mothers Forever, a verse novel telling the life stories of three women brought together by duty, service, and the roles mothers play in helping each other cope with difficult situations.

The book is available online through Amazon: Mothers ForeverBarnes and Noble: Mothers ForeverBookBaby: Mothers Forever, and iBooks.

I hope that you enjoy the book.

Thank you,


1887 Martha


The little village of Hamorton
Was ready when Martha Harrison was born,

Ready to share its lessons of the past
To this granddaughter of a former slave.

Her sense of action would be strong.
She would never stray from that value.

People were waiting for Martha to be born
So what history started could be continued.

A life of action would be her legacy
Just as her family had taught her.

Martha’s birth started something
Worthy of this little village, Hamorton.

Perspectives: 196/365

Sam Brown (Sales, Music Friends of Sports)

It looks like everyone is getting nothing.
The kids are doing what kids do,
They don’t know what they are doing,
They have no idea the ripples that will form
Because they have taken a stand.
This is not how things are supposed to work.

Perspectives: 195/365

Mark Watts (Former Athlete, Eight Bars Parent)

What is Cole thinking?
He’ll never get a scholarship by not playing.
Colleges will see him as a problem
Even if they want him and they’ll stay away.

If only the district had hired good coaches
From the start, we would be in this situation.
I blame them.