Mark Whalon

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Mark A Whalon (1886–1956) was an Irish-American author. Whalon was a close friend of Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and said to be a close influence on Wilson in his later life.

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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:

Day Dreamer

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....


Rural free delivery; recollections of a rural mailman (ISBN 1-113-59709-7) is a 1942 autobiographical where Whalon writes about growing up and living in East Dorset.

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