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More than one way to read

The Herald Democrat continues its month-long celebration of locally written poetry with this piece written by Josephine Burden of Denison. It is about her mother, Mrs. Louise Ann Sweeney who was blind but didn’t let that keep her from teaching her children about the Bible.

Spring tidings

Today’s poems in celebration of National Poetry Month come to the Herald Democrat from Linda Rolen of Bells who wrote that she is retired and started writing poetry in 2011.

Love remains

Today’s submission for the Herald Democrat’s celebration of National Poetry Month comes from Roshelle Brown by way of her mother Calleen McBuenett of Howe. The mother wrote to say that her daughter penned the poem after losing her father. He had been in the Air Force for 21 years and died at 62 from a sudden heart attack.

Thoughts on the life to come

Today the Herald Democrat continues its salute to National Poetry Month by publishing a local poet. This celebration continues through the month of April. To submit an original poem, please mail it to the Herald Democrat at 603 South Sam Rayburn Fwy., Sherman, Texas, 75090. Poems may also be submitted by emailing them to news@heralddemocrat.com .

Raised in a tractor

Poet Heath Pell spent his formative years riding around in a tractor with his mother while she worked in her father’s custom hay bailing business. “Her father attached a car seat to the inside of the enclosed cab of two tractors. Pallets of blankets were at the back of the cab when he needed to take a nap,” the submission said.

Readers’ poetry submissions index

The Herald Democrat will be celebrating local poets of all ages and experience during the month of April. In honor of those wordsmiths, our own writers will forgo their Good Morning duties for the month and allow readers to drink in the light of unfamiliar voices.

‘Cowboy Wisdom’

Today’s poem in celebration of National Poetry Month comes to the Herald Democrat from Bob Upchurch of Windom who said he has been writing and reciting country and cowboy poetry since 2005.