Stewart Acuff

Aug 29

On Unemployment

I wake when I do Three or four, five or six How am I gonna keep my kids’ home? When is the next payment due? How do I avoid the frightening foreclosure Notice? What do I do? What do I

Aug 29

Sleep comes on its own schedule.

Sleep comes on its own schedule Pays no mind to when the alarm is set Or when you went to bed, How tired you are Sleep brings the peace of surrender You’ve done enough this day. Collapse feel the peace

Aug 29


Too awfully rare that we acknowledge and Express gratitude. You gotta notice and feel the tiny things, The everyday things, the unexpected smile. The cool of the morning in August after a Nighttime rain. Gratitude for the one person touched By

Aug 29

Fox News

Waiting in the Green Room at Fox News Knowing that the interview will be a Verbal brawl Not an interview at all They will lie, bully and yell I will smile broadly as I raise my voice to tell What

Aug 29

600 Miles

600 mile drive yesterday To see the kids and stay A few days, maybe go to the beach Try to — without success —  satisfy An old man’s massive love For the kids he loves beyond love Who taught him

Aug 29

The Dry Well

When I was a little boy After TVA and rural electification But before indoor plumbing There was an outhouse and a well. And a pump, water pail and Long-handled dipper at The kitchen sink We all drank out of the pail

Aug 29

Tonight’s Air

Tonight’s air announces late summer Its gentle, soothing coolness Signals the coming end to Summer’s sun with its fun And days of concrete heat and Sticky asphalt melting The air this night fresh even in This place full of heat trapped Released

Aug 29

Restless, Ramblin’

Late summer cooling rain morning Another start on this endless road This time to Tennessee and Texas Familiar track in my blood Virginia down through fenceless and Undeeded Blue Ridge Mountains and Valleys to East Tennessee Smoky Mountains across to the Swamps

Aug 29

Love is a mystery…

Love is a mystery It visits us sometimes When we don’t expect When we’re looking the other way Love comes when it is ready Connects us in its own way Even on a dance floor or at a memorial Or just

Jun 27

The dark hearts of America

My kids were with me on the radio We finished the trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains with John’s Radio show in West Virginia. My son wrote the song playlist and They both talked about school and Their lives In between