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Michael Escoubas


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Soon
someone
will make you
proud.
He may hit
a walk-off home run
or complete the Boston
Marathon in record time
or he may give all his money
to the poor. Or, he might tell his boss
his daughter’s soccer game comes before work.

This poem won 3rd place in the Formal Verse category of the 2016 Illinois State Poetry Society competition.
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

 


Michael Escoubas began writing poetry for publication in August of 2013, after retiring from a 48-year-career in the printing industry. He writes poetry because, early in life, his mother encouraged him. Michael also writes poetry because he believes poetry brings people together and that poets are menders of broken things. He is the author of six collections; the most recent is Ripples Into the Light, a collection partnered with photographs by Vandana Bajikar and designed to “rest the soul and calm the spirit.” Michael is Senior Editor and Book Reviewer at Quill and Parchment, an online poetry journal. He lives in Illinois.

              


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