There have been moments, thoughts, and feelings in my life that I couldn't shake. That I couldn't get out of my thinking. So I would look for peace of mind by writing them down in poetic form. The academic world would undoubtedly challenge my contention that they are poems in the purest sense, but they served the purpose of allowing me to set my thoughts free.
I often stopped in moving through life, although there are many gaps, to express what I felt at a given moment. To look at what feelings were tearing me apart, were making me whole. This anthology intends to offer glimpses of those moments, thought, and feelings.
There are three sections representing different ages, different times, different places in my life. The first is that which seems to represent much of my thinking at the ripe old age of 68.
The second part is reminiscent of those years of marriage, children, family and close friends. The third part is really the beginning. Those years when I tried to grow up and find some meaning in life.
It was one of my three sons, who reading what I had written, pointed out how the one constant in my reflections seemed to be a melancholy disposition. Hence the title and the poem that follows as part of this forward.
There are four poems by my oldest son Josh, and one by my youngest son Sam included in the anthology.