Beanery Online Literary Magazine

June 11, 2008


Not long ago, while cleaning out my writing files, I found a folder of poems written by elementary students. They were in my possession because I had been a judge of the children’s writing works. I sorted out what was the best of them and we reviewed them at a recent Beanery Writers Group meeting. Since I had no way of contacting the students of these poems, some of which I wanted to post, I had to dispose of them, and after the meeting very sorrowfully burned the papers. After reading some of them, Kathleen wrote the following poem, which ends with a question.  Carolyn

To touch the heart, make us laugh

take us back…

An assignment given by (more…)

June 7, 2008


Poet and Peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek began writing at age three. Author of a five- volume Heartsongs collection, 13-year-old Mattie died June 2004 from a rare neuromuscular disease that resulted from his Muscular Dystrophy. 

Mattie’s heart-felt writings reached a global audience, including M. D. patients and many well-known celebrities.  He joined President Jimmy Carter as a champion of peace and prayer. Gifted and brilliant, Mattie will long be remembered for his outgoing, optimistic personality and his rare ability to write well on a variety of subjects.

I wrote the poem TO MATTIE to honor Mattie’s short, productive life.             


— written by Kathleen Clark    6-15-03


            So young to be so prolific


                        . . .above and beyond terrific!


            Such a beautiful (more…)