A Christmas Poem for Me from Mom

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I was reading through my Mom’s (Brenda Strain) journals, that my wife so kindly copied for me for Christmas. I found a poem she wrote for me while I was on my mission. It’s funny how different the feelings are reading it now vs reading it then. Before I could really understand it, I had to do some growing up. … Read More

Mothers

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Mothers

If you’re not a big poetry person like I am, you might not recognize this is a Concrete/Visual poem where the shape of the text has meaning. Just a heads up.

I Remember Christmas

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I  Remember Christmas By Bryan Strain   I remember Christmas when I was just a boy. I remember putting plates of goodies on porches in secret ploys. I remember searching high and low when Mom and Dad weren’t home. I remember making sure our family and friends were never left alone. I remember Mommy teaching me to make the candy … Read More

My Flag

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My Flag

My Flag By Bryan Strain Old Glory how I love you. Your stars give certain light Your pure white stripes burn in my heart And in this crazy world despite The blood that still flows in stripes of red To defend your heaven blue field Some who live under your gaze Don’t understand the power that you wield   Some … Read More

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

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Living

What Does It Mean To Be Human? By Bryan Strain What does it mean to be human? I think that I should know. Do I have time for all of it? How much can I grow? I’ve decided reading is the key, to find out Every part. The pain, the pleasure, the interesting, the depths of human heart. I’ve lived … Read More

10 More Steps

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Mom and Me

I can’t claim this one because I truly believe someone from the other side gave it to me after my mothers passing.  My son was away at boot camp and I was headed to the hospital for my fourth back surgery.  It was a really difficult time, but it was also a deeply spiritual experience. 10 More Steps By Unknown … Read More

Fourteen

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Fourteen By M. Bryan Strain I know I screwed up- I knew better- I did it anyway- I just wanted to know if I could- I’m sorry- Yell at me! Punish me! Say something! Anything? The Silence lets my mind torture itself too much

My Heart Runneth Over

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My Heart Runneth Over By Bryan Strain Mom and Dad I love you, You’re all I know for sure. My best friend I love you, I couldn’t ask for more. I find love for another friend, Perhaps a little more. I love my wife beyond all love, I’ve ever had before. Now a son I love you, Your innocence adore. … Read More

Haunted by the Holiday

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USU Poe-esk Poetry Contest Award

I won honorable mention in a Utah State University poetry contest. Because there was only one winner and one honorable mention it was like taking second place.  When you read this, make sure the scream is loud enough to make everyone within earshot jump.  Since the formatting is important, I have included a link to a PDF file on this … Read More