Tipton Poetry Journal
Here the poet asks us to consider what the passing from this life might be like. Or perhaps he is just talking about falling leaves: Maybe it will be something like this — like lying flat on your back in bed, the night air thick with the whisper of crickets… Or maybe it will be like riding the train, face at the window, head nodding… the glow of the town you once knew growing distant. Or will it be more like the passing warmth that stirs the wind chime and rustles dark leaves — … Then again, maybe it’s more like a quickening of creek water, mud, a parting of reeds… the old skin falling, a new voice breaking, a crawling, a lifting of eyes to strange light.
Tom Raithel grew up in Milwaukee, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to working as an assembly line worker, truck-loader, janitor, landscaper, public relations account executive and busboy, he has been a journalist at several newspapers including the Evansville Courier & Press. Tom lives in Evansville, Indiana with his wife, Theresa Brett, and their dogs, Mattie and Sammy.
Barry Harris is editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal and has published one poetry collection, Something At The Center. Barry lives in Brownsburg, Indiana and is retired from Eli Lilly and Company.