Tag Archives: Scott Bates

Recollecting Summers Past in Tranquility

When we buried my father’s ashes in the family plot in Turner, Maine, I turned to a poem he wrote as a boy about summers in Maine.

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Death and a Night Powdered with Stars

Oliver Sachs quotes “Paradise Lost” in a touching article about his encounter with stars in the final months of his life.

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Turning and Turning: A Tern’s Dilemma

Scott Bates’s playful poem about a tern appears to be some kind of feminist parable although I’m not sure what the moral is.

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A Weed’s Zen Acceptance of Fate

If you’re hostile towards garden weeds these days, here’s a very Zen-like Scott Bates poem from a weed’s point of view. Or maybe it’s an existentialist parable about free will.

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A “Greatest Generation” Vet Reflects

In the reminiscence about his World War II experiences, my father finds it difficult to capture what it was really like

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Earth Day: Please Brake for Woolly Bears

Scott Bates’ Earth Day poem calls for protecting even caterpillars. After all, sometimes they grow up to be Keats’ tiger moths with their “deep damasked wings.”

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The River’s Blood Turned to Stone

This Scott Bates fable captures the tragedy of California’s drought.

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The Love Songs We Hear Every Spring

Scott Bates finds song birds more entertaining but ultimately opts for silent swans, who mate for life.

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What Lemming Migrations Mean

Scott Bates’ articulates existential despair in a lyrical poem about lemmings.

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In Support of School Prayer (with a Twist)

A Florida bill allows prayers to be read at assemblies but can designate a particular religion, offering openings very various sects. Scott Bates provides the school children with some possibilities.

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Pesticides vs. Sweetness and Wings

Monarch butterflies and bees are in grave danger. Poems by Scott Bates and Mary Oliver remind us what we will lose if we don’t move to protect them.

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The Divine Enters thru Imagination’s Holes

If Christmas is about the entrance of the divine into the human, then works of the imagination are always filled with the Christmas spirit.

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The Quest of the Marvelous Tree

In this mystical Scott Bates poem, the Christmas tree becomes a magical key that unlocks the darkness.

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The Animals Are Trying to Warn Us

Scott Bates invokes “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in this Nativity poem.

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Beaten Down by Life

This Scott Bates fable takes a sober look at the aging process.

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Koch Inc: Oligarchs of Order and Ordure

A Scott Bates poem framing our oil barons as “the officious oligarchs of order and ordure” and “the lizards of ooze.”

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Fighting Back against the Program

In this Scott Bates parable, one can get pushed around only so much before turning to rebellion.

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Whitman’s Blast of Green Grace

Scott Bates’ homage to Walt Whitman tells of amorous encounters from the grass’s point of view.

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Keeping Environmental Hope Alive

In the face of horrific environmental devastation, Scott Bates dreams of “the jungle above the sun.”

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In Praise of Light Summer Reading

This Scott Bates imagines a nightingale relaxing into summer reading.

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Viagra and the Drums of War

Scott Bates’ “Viagra” offers up an explanation as to why America’s war hawks won’t go away, even after they bungled so badly.

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Paradise Lost (Scott Bates’ Mole Version)

Scott Bates’ animal fable about an epic mole parodies “Paradise Lost” and provides a skeptical look at poetry and religion.

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Poems Celebrating My Birth

My father celebrated my entrance into the world with two poems, one serious, one not.

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My Father Moved through Dooms of War

My father’s recollections of the D Day beaches influenced his poetry.

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Libertarian Conmen Want Your Fatted Calf

This Scott Bates poem captures the swagger of those who con their fellow Americans while trumpeting free enterprise and bootstrapism.

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Mother Goose’s Ecological Warnings

Scott Bates’ variation of familiar Mother Goose rhymes warn us of environmental devastation.

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Spring’s Triumph over War

In Henry Reed’s “Naming of Parts,” sexual spring wins out over a bureaucratic drill sergeant.

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Cats as Transformation Artists

This Jean Cocteau poems captures the mercurial nature of cats.

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Christmas Bird Count from Santa’s Sleigh

This joyous Scott Bates birdwatching poem imagines Santa’s Blitzen involved in Audubon’s annual tally.

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Where Are the Games of Yesteryear?

Christmas I shared “Ballad of the Games of Yesteryear” this past spring when my father temporarily lapsed into dementia. But he wrote it as a Christmas poem and so I’m posting it again as I mourn the first Christmas spent without him. Now that he is dead, the poem contains special meaning, echoing as it […]

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Letters from Mrs. Santa Claus

Two Scott Bates Christmas poems show Santa on the move, thanks to the melting of the polar ice caps.

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