Rural Peace (LCCN: 33019932) is a 1933 book of poetry about the carefree, hardships, reality, difficult truths of daily life in East Dorset, Vermont.
Take for instance, the poem, Lem, is a poem about a poor, lonely, and hardworking farmer, misunderstood and judged by the tiny community--not so 'carefree a life described in that poem (more or a 'Rural Postal Carrier understanding the plight of a rural patron).
The poem, Fickle Spring, a "delight," a taste of the optimistic, charming and ever "charmer" of a hopeless 'romantic in the poet, Mark A. Whalon!
The poem, Day Dreamer, is a favorite, 'written to his son, Lawrence John Whalon. Mark delves into a portrait of his son's childhood and future life:
Dream on, day-dreamer boy of mine, Unmindful, you, of worldly things. With distant eyes and ears attuned to catch the rustle of fairy wings. Heed not my scolding petulance: Anathemas in envy hurled Recalling you from golden realms And offering you--my sordid world. Forgive me, son; I too, once dreamed, Young dreams I dreamed the same as you but lost the power to dream again --Because, you see, my dream came true. Dream on: achievement, honors, glory, strife Are but mere incidents.--To dream--is life.
'to Lawrence John Whalon, 1923 - 1986
Amazing acuity, perception, written by Mark A Whalon to his son when he was only eleven (1934), one is astounded at the sensitivity, the awareness of his own parenting short-comings, yet of his love and devotion to his son, then his accurate portrayal of his son's panoramic future and life--and, now in retrospect, the outline and almost prophetic quality of the poem itself:
'achievement, honors, glory, strife....
- Cheever, Susan. My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson--His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous (Smon & Schuster), 2004, ISBN 0-7432-0154-X
- Whalon, Mark. "Rural peace." United States Library of Congress. 1933. http://lccn.loc.gov/33019932[permanent dead link] 23 JUN. 2011.
- Whalon, Mark. "Rural free delivery; recollections of a rural mailman." United States Library of Congress. 1942. http://lccn.loc.gov/42015614[permanent dead link] 23 JUN. 2011.
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