The kids’ voices crack with anger and pain –
fathers who left them, mothers who yell,
fathers who love some other, other than this child –
in the constantly failing pursuit of happiness setting each child adrift.
Mothers who seem to be here but in truth leave every evening,
visiting a bottle of booze or a willing man.
The kids’ voi…read more
The 13th Regiment of New Hampshire and the War of the Rebellion
The 13th Regiment of New Hampshire and the War of the Rebellion
Mustered-in September Twenty, in Eighteen-Sixty-Two.
The army issued clothes and gear; trousers of sky blue.
Tin plates and forks and knives and spoons were cheap as they could be,
Springfield rifle and bayonet, the only gun for me.
The commander received orders; we were Virginia…read more
The Woeful Choice
A friend lost her cousin a few years ago. Here is the story of his death.
The Woeful Choice
Into his life an illness came, a swift and harmful breakdown.
The doctor said the Youth would not live, muttering through a frown.
The Youth’s will to live was greater than any ending foreseen.
As his heart was on the brink, Death expecting his life to g…read more
A Family History Ode
To those that came before me
I cannot ponder your despair
Drove from your homes by indifference
To a far away shore to repair
The longing in your hearts
A desire to be completely free
Sailing halfway around the world
Seems amazing to me
You arrived before this land was a country
It was nothing like your native land
Green hills replaced by…read more
Very nice missive to those who came before. Mayflower or Roanoke? I am curious about what is not said as the assumption isthat you and your forebears know all that. Your reader does not though. Also perhaps add some adjectives, sight, sound, texture, weather…
Would you like to try some poetry challenges together so we can get our skills polished up?
There were varied arrivals. Some came on the Mayflower, others came earlier. Photo is of my most famous ancestor. Earliest family members came to North America in 1603 and settled inland in what is now modern day Montreal. Eventually they moved south and east into Vermont and New Hampshire and eventually Maine. That’s just on my paternal side.…read more
You and I are related then. We go back to the Mayflower, tooAnd Vermont, New Hampshire… on Mom’s side.
I am using the Civil War experience of one o our ancestors as the basis for my novel. I have a poem about his unit and will post for fun.
My father’s side – British and German and cousins in Montreal.
One photo, infinite possibilities
I remember the night I got to meet you. It was a cold December night. Early that day I had a surgical procedure on my left foot. After walking around most of the day even though I was told to go home and rest, I got to meet you at a restaurant called Townhall. It took me a moment to find you in the crowd but once I saw you I knew…read more
What a sweet letter. I really appreciate your kind words toward Lauren. You have been a good friend in her life as well as a loyal, important part of The Unsealed. You are a special person who deserves only the best in life. I am sure you and Lauren will continue to support each other in the years to come.
All the best,
To my best friend, Tonia...
At 14 years old, I played soccer for a premier travel team. Most of my teammates played on my age group’s Olympics Development Program team. However, I didn’t play ODP because I wanted to play lacrosse with my school friends in the spring. Thanks, in part, to that decision, the travel coach, who ran both teams, cut me. I was crushed…read more
The Poet's Voice
The Poet’s Voice
The poet’s voice displays her soul through well-chosen words.
She can beat you with her anger and lash out with her pain.
Like a thistle, she can wound you with her barbs,
jab you unsuspecting as you weed your garden.
Where thorns on a rose contrast with silken petals:
blood red, the image and scent of roses leap into her min…read more
This poem is incredible. It is awash in rich and raw imagery. It is a wonderful example of writing that posits both many questions and answers for this reader. As a poet we yield the uncanny power of holding our readers at bay with the power and flux of our words. We wrangle our own thoughts into words and images and place them upon the…read more
You are very kind, Roger. I wrote this a few years ago and have had a major physical and mental struggle with MS since then. For a time, I lost so much vocabulary that I was unable to write anything but doggerel. But suddenly my brain is returning!! I am overjoyed and writing every day. WOrking on a novel with some poetry interspersed among the…read more
I understand that struggle all too well. For the past 7 years I’ve been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis. I know the kind of struggle you speak off. On the days I take my methotrexate it feels like the whole day passes by without me being cognizant of it. It actually has its own phrase called Chemo Fog. I have had some pretty intense writers block…read more
House of Mercy
Your poem made me think of the beach sand and here is my take on that.
House of Mercy
Tears beg to flow
I deny them egress—
the sweet-and-salty hors d’oeuvres will not satisfy.
I will wait just a moment or two,
inhale deeply, seeking grace.
The sinuous surge of emotions will pass
as small particles of water,
circling within wave forms
ride ato…read more
When I first saw you
Your height & weight amazed me
When I learned that you had family members & friends all over the area
It was hard to keep my attention on the road
The thought of pulling over and observing came over me
There’s something about them that puts me at peace
What little stress I had has ceased
This wonder I feel gives me great…read more
Gerald, you make me want to see windmills in person. The structures of a windmill that spin around in the wind to provide energy to nearby areas always amazes me. I always knew they were amazing, but now that you worded it like this I want to see one. I want to feel that feeling of peace and joy just by looking at it. This is incredibly relatable…read more
Good. I’m glad Kayjah! You’ll love them when you get a chance to see one or a lot of them. You’ll get that feeling of peace and joy seeing them. It’s something about seeing them and feeling their energy that relaxes your mind and body. There are a lot of Windmills here in Texas near Corpus Christi. It’s an army of them in that area! I hope you get…read more
I enjoyed reading your poem. It ignited an old memory I have of days gone by when I was somewhat of a world traveler. In Denmark there is an entire fleet of windmills off of the coastline that generates a great majority of the power used by the entire country. Sometimes the winds there are so powerful that they even damage the windmills.…read more
I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. That’s a cool memory you wrote about! You was in Denmark? I so envy you (in a positive way lol). Those windmills sound powerful and I totally believe you that it’s a beautiful site. I would love to visit Denmark (and all of Europe really) someday. Traveling out of the U.S has been a dream of mine for years…read more
I am lucky to have been able to do what traveling I did. I also nearly moved to Germany for a job but it was right as my Mother first started getting sick. I turned down an offer to work for Daimler Benz because there wouldn’t have been anyone to care for my Mom otherwise.
I have extended family that still live in Ireland and I visited there the…read more
You were for sure. I totally understand you turning down that job in Germany to look after your mom. That’s awesome that you have family in Ireland. I bet Ireland is a beautiful country. I appreciate that info on trips to
Ireland. That’s great you were able to make friendships with people across Europe. I was able to make a friend that lives in…read more
“Made to Endure what Life throws at You”
8 days before your 8th birthday, you will become a big sister to your future best friend. In the meantime, he is more like your real live baby doll and little brother. I must be honest with you; this joy will soon disappear, and you will go through many trials and tribulations. I promise, that life gets better, and your…read more
Oh my wow, Bianca! What an incredible person you are. You should be sooo proud of all your perseverance. And going to law school – that’s an amazing accomplishment, on no one can ever take away from you. I am sorry your childhood was filled with so much struggle, but your strength is inspiring to so many, including me. Whatever you do next, just…read more
Bianca, You’ve been through so much. You are an inspiration to us all—your strength, courage and resilience is incredible. No one should underestimate you – because like all of us, you are a tough cookie. You’ve been through so much, but you’re just getting started. Stay strong and keep going. I’m so glad that you were able to have so much resil…read more
Great letter. How are you doing these days? I hope you have someone peace and can live joyfully.
I relate some to your story as I have MS and my son of 32 is my 2/7 caretaker, head cook and bottlewasher. He rises above anyone’s expectations every day and helps me though he suffers from migraines and depression himself.
Faith and a wrench
My earliest memories of you were watching you fix a friend’s car. You were known as the premier mechanic for European cars in the area. You were also respected by everyone in the area. I was instantly a big fan. You would become a great friend and mentor.
I was started to realize you saw something in me when you started asking me t…read more
Roger, I’m glad that you had an angel to make you become a better you. They made a mark on you and now from reading your letter, they’ve also made a mark on me. You never find such bright souls in life that can truly leave a mark in this world. I’m glad that you got to know them and that they paved a way for your future.
Thank you for the kind words. Cyril was the sweetest and soft spoken man I ever met. I remember seeing him drop a fairly heavy part on his foot and while I could tell it hurt, he didn’t even yell or curse. I fondly remembered my own Saab had a badly warped cylinder head. I could barely afford to pay him his fee since it was a major job. He…read more
That section I call karma which is part of the circle of life
Had I’d known that I definitely would’ve thought twice
Walking away to not say things you don’t meant out of anger is best
When you reap what you sow it’s the infinite test
As a child learning the 10 commandments is just 1 that does it for me
Honor thy mother and father and everything…read more
Hi, I thought your poem was beautiful and I truly enjoyed reading it. I thought your word choice was perfect and everything fit so well together. Most importantly I loved the message of your poem. It really made me think about how important our actions truly are and how almost everything we do will somehow impact another person. It also reminded…read more
To the Woman I Aspire to be
Good Morning Beautiful Soul,
We are connected like sisters, I feel. Not blood, barely relatives, but still sisters. You and I met by chance but our paths were absolutely meant to cross. I met you while we were both in our darkest hour, different paths, similar darkness. You are someone who has poured into me from the moment you met me, as a big…read more
I absolutely LOVE this. Knowing inside who we can become and who we want to become is so powerful. But the truth is it’s probably who you already are… just have to be disciplined to be that person every single day. Thank you for sharing this. Be proud of you. Be excited about the person you are continuing to become. Thank you for this…read more
Lauren, Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, you are completely right. However, Im really good at hiding me from me and people plleasing. This beautiful soul is teaching me, no inspiring and encouraging me to be true to me as a whole. Im learning I can give the world the real me with boundaries and unapologetically at that.
Amazing story. I don’t know if your letter is meant for a general audience or if it was coming from you meeting an actual person yourself. But the way you told it made me be in the same position that you are in. I have my sister who has been. Role model for me for literally my whole life. We have both shared dark past and came to an u…read more
Kayjah, I am so grateful my piece resonate with you. This particular piece is to the woman in the picture. We are not blood related but we are 100% sisters. She fills me and inspires me daily! She has taught me truely so much more than words can articulate. I like to try and write pieces that will allow others to find inspiration and that resonate…read more
What a beautiful, touching letter you wrote to your sister . You both sound like amazing people who I would like to meet. In these challenging times it is so important that we support one another. Woman to woman bonds are especially strong because we are nurturers by nature. So you give each other a double gift of love and…read more
I absolutely loved reading your letter. The impact that she has had on your life is clear and inspiring. I personally have two sisters and while we are blood-related I saw many similarities in our relationships. I would not be the person that I am today without them. They are the first people I come to for advice or even just to talk to them…read more
I see your reflection well
I know fondly your pain
A face that shows the mileage
Of a life you fear is in vain
All that you’ve ever dared to love
Ripped coldly from your hand
Yet defiant you stare at the hourglass
Challenging even the falling of the sand
Amidst that darkness
That feels like eternity
You know the cause
Not a question the…read more
To my mentor:
Many years ago, I knew I wanted to be a sports reporter. I grew up idolizing the stalwarts like Keith Jackson, James Brown, Jon Miller, et al. But I knew that just naming names wouldn’t even be close to enough.
When you and I became close friends, you were among the first people to see fire and potential in me. You said it yourself w…read more
This is a very awesome piece Drew. Our dreams sometimes rely on just the right amount support at the right moment in time. It is great that you found that support and Katie and that she receives support back from you.
While I don’t typically follow MMA sports I do read your articles, one in an attempt to understand the sport better, and two to…read more
Drew I am glad that you have someone that supports you and became close friends with you through that support. Its always nice to have someone to help motivate you into being the best you there is. You can not find many people today that will be on the same level of friendship that you and Katie are on. The level of support and motivation you guys…read more
The Bartender is Beautiful
The Bartender is Beautiful
When she told me how she cried when her kids ate her ice cream
I realized how beautiful she was.
The sadness that spoke from her eyes
When she spoke of her missed bowl of ice cream it made me realize how much she loves
And doesn’t get loved
She works day in and day out to give her kids the world and at the end of the…read more
This is an absolutely beautiful poem. It paints a picture in my mind as I read the words. While it has sadness as it’s undertone you focused on beauty and connected with this reader on a very deep level. The connotation between love and the bowl of ice cream is a powerful imagery tool. Best yet is it allows a visual tool to connect us to…read more
Wow. Thank you so much Roger. That means a lot to me. I really enjoyed writing this poem. I am overjoyed that you enjoyed reading it. I think it is sometimes strangers that can make us think differently about aspects of life. Kind of like seeing something familiar in a new light. Thank you again. I truly appreciate it. Thank you for your feedback
You’re quite welcome! I’m a pretty advid poet behind the scenes. I applaud you for writing poetry because sometimes it can be very difficult to convey what you want to say. From rhyming to stanza structure it is a challenge to do all of this in a way that a reader connects to. You’ve done that beautifully here.
This poem is incredible. You can really tell from this point of view how in touch the person is with the bartender. The person feels her pain and wants to give her joy. The mother is hard working and just needed a break to enjoy her Ice cream but with her overload of children its hard to take a break from that. Many people can relate to this poem…read more
I am so happy you said that people with children could relate to the poem. I don’t have children so I was worried that it would come across as oversimplification of what it must feel like to have children. I am glad you felt connection with the characters so to speak. That was what I was really trying to convey. That a simple moment can hold…read more
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This is an incredible poem, Sarita! It makes you want the best for the bartender and her kids. I love the world you created in your poem. The dedication the mom has to make sure her kids are okay is amazing. I hope she eats as much ice cream as she can to give her heart joy! Thank you for sharing this powerful poem.
She needs to alter her approach and maybe even get help planning a new way to communicate and heal her relationships with them.
Healing the Damage
I greet your anger with peace.
I greet your envy with love.
I greet your guilt with hope.
I center myself in the beauty of spirit.
Your arrows bend around me, they dissipate.
I lay down my ego,…read more
Dear Unsealed Community
This is a photo of me from a little more than 3 years ago.
You can’t really see it but at this moment I was in a very dark place mentally. It was the day after my birthday and I had spent it alone as usual. No cake, no ice cream, no party and no gifts. It felt meaningless, because I already felt the extreme sadness this time of year always brings…read more
Man, thanks for sharing your story of your journey. I think we need to have a conversation sometime. I really believe I can help by sharing a little of my background and how my journey can help your future steps. Keep building that positive momentum you got going for you. If you wanna chat sometime well that’s what this community is all a…read more
I definitely will reach out soon. The anniversary of that day continues to plague me every year. It took hold very strongly Friday night and it took a extremely long drive in a classic Volvo to bring me down from the emotional wreck I was.
I ended up burning up about 80 bucks of gas that night but it was worthwhile. These days I no…read more
Roger this letter made me cry. I am so glad that The Unsealed saved you. I am so glad that you found a community where you are able to share your own story because stories like yours and so many more can help someone who is going through the exact same thing. Thriving in a world is hard especially when you do not have anyone to talk to. The…read more
To my younger self
To my younger, I wish I could go back in time and live those childhood moments again. As I got older I realized that those moments cannot be done again, but at the end of the day I lived those moments and had a lot of fun and experienced a lot of things. If I could go back and name a time that I really enjoyed it would be going to the Browns…read more
Sounds as if you have had a very good life. What do you do to help ensure your son will also have one? Have you thought about lengthening this and telling more specifics about those visits to the Browns? Do you make similar experiences happen for your son? What is your one regret in life and how are you moving forward to accept or change it?
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