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Touchstone 2012: John McManus


John is a recipient of a 2012 Touchstone Award for Individual Poems. See them all in the 2012 Touchstone Archives.

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  1. Beautiful indeed. How our children when exposed to this star studded sky immerse in wonder & naturally connect to trust this universal exposure which helps release their anxiety & fears & in process loosen their finger grip!! The whole process captured in 3 lines……marvelous indeed.

  2. I’m seing the confidence of the child who feels at ease -relieved of fears- with our natural roof explained just above his eyes.
    I have experienced this soothing relationship with the milky way just above me so well explained in a second, you are just suddenly belonging to that other world which is dark blue, which is the milky way itself. And more than that, the night becomes a friend, is explained to you.
    Who noticed that our little selves can help bloosen our grips or sorrows has much sensitivness.

  3. I adore the sense of wonderment in this, but it also suggests that our children are only with us for a short time, which in turn makes us think of the nature of our existence on earth and then in the universe. I love it! 🙂


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