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holding my son at 2 a.m.

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my son woke
me at 2 a.m. today
to tell me he
had "a powerful
bad dream"

i held him
and reassured
him that he
was ok

minutes later
he told me
that he "couldn't
stop shaking
and shivering"

at his request,
i sprayed a
second mist
of "bad-dream
spray" on his
pillow

and then
we prayed

asking god to
remove his
bad dreams and
direct his
attention to what
god would have
him be

then he
returned to sleep


larry bauer makes his home in Helena, Montana, with an incredible fiction writer and two beautiful children. Sandra Alcosser, Montana’s first Poet Laureate, invited him to read at the opening of Montana’s 2007 legislative session. As well, FootHills Publishing has released his first volume of poems, health insurance and other matters of death, and his second: family and other seasons of change. His poetry and short stories have also appeared in Literary Mama, Poemeleon, Colors, Wild Roses in Spring, and many others. The gift of marriage and fatherhood is almost beyond poetic, but occasionally he tries to capture it on paper.


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