The old life becomes the new through the discovery of mystery and wonder that lie just beneath the surface of everyday life.
The 76 vivid poems in this book offer us a unique and compassionate view of what it is to be human. The old life becomes the new life through the poet's discovery of the mystery and wonder that lie just beneath the surface of our everyday lives. People on the fringe of society reveal their humanity and touch the poet's heart (and his readers' hearts), as do ordinary people doing seemingly ordinary things whose goodness could easily be overlooked — except for the poet's discerning glance that gives us such gems as "Professor of Patience" (a father willingly spending hours looking for his young daughter's toy lost in the woods) and "Happiness," about a family sloppily but joyfully playing Frisbee in the park.
"I've been slowly savoring and loving your book. What a great gift to the world! I admire your courage to keep opening and exploring the depths of your own soul, and to share the vulnerabilities and strengths, uncertainties and wisdom you find." — Charles Burack, author, Songs to My Beloved and Leaves of Light
"Ralph's poetry is tender and honest and bittersweet. He shares the raw truth of human experience with us from childhood to seniority, and the word glimpses, like snapshots of everyday experiences, are like sweet-sour candy melting on the tongue. Ralph's poems open the heart to embrace our shared mundane world with surprise and delight. Even when he is describing a painful moment or memory, his view is compassionate. He is a keen observer of human activity, feelings, and relationship, and his poems nestle into the heart in a genuinely comforting way." — Shonen Bressler