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Learning To Forgive the Man I Don’t Want To Be

Issue 09 of STAND Magazine is officially out in the world, and it includes my essay “Learning To Forgive the Man I Don’t Want To Be.”

Learning To ForgiveThis is the most vulnerable piece of fatherhood writing I’ve done. I dug deep for this one and hope it helps others.

As ever, I deeply appreciate the continuous support of Editor-in-Chief Dwayne D. Hayes and everyone at STAND.

Order a print copy at STAND Magazine.

Learning To Meet a Need

My newest fatherhood reflection, “Learning To Meet a Need” — a.k.a., my love letter to Don Freeman’s classic picture book Corduroy — is now online at STAND Magazine! It’s the next in my series of essays on fatherhood as learning.

As always, a big thank you to STAND Magazine Founder/Managing Editor Dwayne D. Hayes for his solidarity!

“Learning To Smile” now online!

My essay “Learning To Smile” is now online at STAND Magazine! Click through to read it.

“Learning To Smile” first appeared in Issue #8 of STAND and is the second in my series on fatherhood as learning that I’m contributing to the magazine.

As always, I’m grateful to STAND Founder/Managing Editor Dwayne D. Hayes for his belief in my writing.

Poem: “You Matter” (2017)

You matter.

There is no one like you; never will be again,
from the birth of the earth to its outermost end.

You — 
an eager shout, a sacred “Yes!”
that moves your flesh, your bone, your breath. 

You — 
she, he, ze, they, you are whole and okay,
gracefully teaching your truth and your way.

You
cannot be forgotten. We cherish you so.
Your voice and your hands can do more than you know.

You
see old things anew. You turn them and test them.
Your wonder exhausts our old words to express them.

You
speak and lay bare all you dig up and hold
aloft from the dust of conventions grown cold. 

You
up-end every rock and pursue every glimmer
and give a new name to each sparkle and shimmer.

You
chart out new paths, go beyond our horizons:
new friendships, new stories, your hope always rising.

You,
welcome and wanted, whatever your skin,
wherever the neighborhood you were born in.

You
play across fences that keep us divided.
Old walls become weak where your love is ignited.

You
call us to kindness and questions, reminding:
the life of our living is found in the finding.

You!
There is no one like you; never will be again,
from the birth of the earth to its outermost end.

You matter. You do. We’ll keep learning with you.
Now stand on our shoulders. See what you can do.

First published on www.matthewsrosin.com and YouTube, 2017.