One Way or Another, We’re All Just Throwing It Out There

I’m just throwing
it out there;
nobody asked.
Nobody asked me
to write
anything about
my father’s life,
his life as a
Swedish kid in
a new country
and a new language,
an orphan at
thirteen
in a strange land;
nobody asked.
Nobody asked me to write
anything about my
Dutch mother’s life,
her life as the
only kid of
six who had a job
during the great
depression
and had to bring
every
cent home,
even after she was
married to my
orphaned father
six months
before they had the
courage to tell my
grandparents
they were married
and living
separately.
Their lives and
their stories are
worthy of
publication but
nobody’s asking.
Nobody asked me
to tell the story
of my artist
wife who died of
a subarachnoid
hemorrhage at
forty-nine just
when her
art was catching
on and she was
hitting her stride.
Nobody asked
when I submitted
my first poem,
story, essay, article
editorial, think
piece, but
I did it and all
that is there
even though
nobody asked
and nobody
asked about
my poetry. I
just threw it
out there and
I’m throwing
it out there
and I will
continue to
throw it out
there even though
nobody asked,
and somehow
through that,
some of those
stories get
told.
Some draw,
some paint,
some make
mixed media
sculptures,
some take
artistic
photographs,
some write,
some tell
stories.
We just keep
throwing it
out there.

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One thought on “One Way or Another, We’re All Just Throwing It Out There

  1. Keep on keeping on, Bob and Chris! While so much trash is being dumped on us and filling the oceans and the airwaves, it is VITAL that beautiful, meaningful art gets thrown out there to save us.

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