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Rachel Adams >>

Roshelle Amundson >>

Kenny Bellew >>

Cat Campbell >>

Alicia Catt >>

Raymond Cott-Meissel >>

Ben Findlay >>

Gail Gates >>

Brent Giesen >>

Kristine Hayes >>

Blaine Huberty >>

Peter Laine >>

Amy Mattila >>

Suzanne Nielsen >>

Dawn Nissen >>

Norah O'Shaughnessy >>

Rebekah Pahr >>

Sally Reynolds >>

Donna Ronning >>

Kah Shepard >>

Kelly Taylor >>

Jonah Volheim >>

William Wells >>

Jake Wendlandt >>

S. A. Victory >>

Kate Young >>

Alice Lundy Blum >>

Natallia Meleshkevich >>

Donna Ronning



A Daughter's Grief

When I was a child,
my dad
was bigger than life.
Now, on this day,
life had become
heavier than he could hold.

When I was a child,
his big-wheeling trucks
stole him away
to numerous cities
across these United States.

In twilight years,
he was bound
to one city,
one home,
under one tv-tube spell.
Now this
unwelcome hospital room
was all he didn’t know.

All these years,
I never could predict
whether my dad
would rub sandpaper or silk
over my tender, sweaty palms.

In spite of that uncertainty,
there was never
any question
about love.
The hint of
his kind of love
was always
lingering in the air.

“You know I love you”
could jump out
unexpectedly
from his lips,
his eyes,
his smile,
his heart –
even from his harshness.

My dad
wanted to give me
the world,
even though
the world
had slipped through
his fingers.

In the next life,
my dad is free
to use
more brain than brawn.
In the next life,
my dad is free
to follow his own advice.
In the next life,
my dad is free
to open his heart.

Now that he’s gone,
I know that in the next life,
my dad is free
to soar with the eagles.


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Donna Ronning is a junior Social Work student at Metro State. She stays motivated by the belief that we are all here on this earth for each other.