and Selected Poems
By Walter Staples
Looking back over nine decades, poet Walter Staples remembers his boyhood growing up on a farm in southern Maine. Hard work mixed with boyish fun filled his days. Many of the poems in this volume reflect his youthful experiences with his family and friends in for him what was an idyllic time, a slower pace of life with reverence for traditional values and a full appreciation for the natural world.
Read the title poem and you see where Walter comes from and how he's led his life:
I can't imagine childhood spent
Without a gray-haired grandma near
To kiss the hurts, wipe tears away,
Both parents there, not just at night
But on the farm throughout the day...
He attended college, raised a large family, had a successful career, and worked his land. He hunted and fished, harvest timber and blueberries, and fished some more. These poems are a record of where he began, what he did and does, what and who he loves, and what he believes is important and of value in a person's life.
These poems are Walter's gift to his family and friends and to anyone who places a value in a life well lived.
About the Author
Walter Staples, a native of Maine, is a retired researcher for a major New England poultry breeding company, retired blueberry farmer, and an avid trout fisherman. He has published numerous poems, short stories, and articles in newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of The North Bay Narrative, the story of a remote fishing village in Newfoundland.
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Also by Walter Staples: The North Bay Narrative, One Hundred Years of a Newfoundland Outport Village, and Blueberryland.