Buff Whitman-Bradley

Evening walks

On our evening walks in the woods
We are reminded that darkness is not
As is commonly thought
An absence
But rather, is a creaturely presence
A large gentle animal
Making its way carefully and quietly
Among the trees
Through thickets of undergrowth
Over stones and decaying leaves and fallen branches
Down the steep banks of creeks
And into the purling waters
And when we turn to retrace our path
Along the dimming corridors of twilight
It stays close behind like a faithful old hound
And follows us all the way home

Author Portrait

Buff Whitman-Bradley's poetry has appeared in many print and online journals, including Atlanta Review, Bryant Literary Review, Concho River Review, Circle Show, Crannog, december, Hawai'i Review, Pinyon, Rockhurst Review, Solstice, Third Wednesday, Upstreet, and others. He has published several collections of poems, most recently, To Get Our Bearings in this Wheeling World. His interviews with soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan became the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in Northern California.