Stretching over the sink he shaves

Just like his dad / Barbasol and all.

Standing on tiptoes he pats on

a face full of shaving cream.

His plastic pretend razor slides easily

making wide snowplow tracks.

Rinsing off the excess he continues

until his face is shiny clean.

Wiping his face with the towel

he smiles feeling like a real man.

Little brother watches carefully

and copies the same motions;

rinsing his razor in the same sink.

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d/Verse, Grace asked us to consider the significance of setting in our poems. We are to write a poem that definitely gives the reader a sense of the poem’s setting. This is one of my favorite photos of my two boys many years ago. I found a child’s shaving kit at the Dollar Store and he loved it.

Join us at: then click on the Mr. Linkey box and read some other poems.

Summer Memories

Chris and Jason at Duck, NC 1977 001 (3)

Our first trip to Nags Head
North Carolina’s outer banks…
Camped in the dunes at Duck.
Two excited little boys
climbed the dunes
chased receding waves
created castles in the sand
collected sea shells
and sun rays in July’s heat.
Faces flushed // slept soundly.

Jason Playing in the Surf - 1977 001 (2)

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Mish asked us to used the word flush as our prompt. I decided to leave the tempting current toilet paper shortage behind, and write about a beautiful memory from forty years back. This is Quadrille Monday so our poems must be exactly forty-four words.

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Little Boys…Big Dreams

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A memorial to the Wright Brothers;
Young men with dreams of flying.
The beginning of something
greater than themselves
with a giant monument of stone,
high on Jockey’s Ridge
in North Carolina.
Little boy visits and wonders
what it would take to
be remembered
with a monument of Stone.
It takes dreams
and the courage to live them out;
It takes someone to inspire
to encourage
to believe the impossible.


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Dedicated to my son, who always believed he could fly!

Little Friends

Roy Steiner with Kevin S Christopher R and Doug L

These three little boys Kevin, Doug, and Chris had such fun together back in the mid 70s. All born the same year, they were bosom buddies. Every time they got together they had a great time. This photo shows them enjoying their ride in the potato cart. Kevin’s father, Roy, built the tractor and mower combo. It pivoted in the middle and could turn on a dime.


These little rockers enjoyed the music coming out of the ancient Panasonic Stereo record player. Having grown up together they always loved getting together, as you can see. This is definitely poetry in motion!!

Now they are 47 and have children of their own.

Old Photos are so much fun to look at!!

Photos: Dwight L. Roth




Creeks were made for little boys

Who love digging in the sand

Creeks rippling along singing as they flow

Calling all who are young at heart

To come explore hidden treasures

Found buried in the sand

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Hidden under rocks

Crawfish and minnows

Turtles and frogs

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Dam construction always a fun project

Watching the water rise above your ankles

Feeling the sand squishing between your toes

Yes creeks were made for little boys & little girls

No matter how old they become


Photos: Dwight L. Roth