Poet, volunteer creates a brand of his ownI’ve used portions of Bud Brand’s poetry in past articles. Slowly, but surely, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should share a bit, about Bud with you. It always makes me happy to know some local volunteer that has made, and continues to make, it very good for others. Actually Bud’s poetry will be my main topic today.
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
I’ve used portions of Bud Brand’s poetry in past articles. Slowly, but surely, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should share a bit, about Bud with you. It always makes me happy to know some local volunteer that has made, and continues to make, it very good for others. Actually Bud’s poetry will be my main topic today.
With my troubled memory, I can’t pin point the first time I knew of Bud. Don DeMeyer, morning coffee group friend, told me of the great volunteer work, coaching basketball for kids he does at the local Salvation Army. Later, I learned that he does the same with baseball.
I’ve written about the Retired Senior Volunteer Program before. I’ve mentioned the large number of sites in Douglas County where volunteers do great work. All the people there and those volunteering on their own, such as Bud Brand, devote a good deal of their time doing good for others. When I hear of America’s exceptionalism - that is the type of volunteering that comes foremost to my mind. I well realize that there are many more individuals doing good work, locally, that I know nothing about. I do know, how lucky we are, to have them.
Bud started writing poetry as an eighth grader many years ago but mainly comes to be known in a broadening community of readers. I’ll site a few publications, by title, as examples:
“They” about soldiers in the anguish of war and lonesomeness of distance, which has been chosen at Poetryfest to be included in a forthcoming book, “Today’s Best Poets.”
“I Dwell in Darkness” selected by the Christian Poets Society to be published in the next edition of “Famous Poets of the Heartland.”
“Children” accepted by the Wisconsin Society of Poets, which was printed in the Duluth News Tribune, Poetry Corner, as have others; A couple, too, by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“The Turn of Events” printed in America Sings a national College Poetry Review.
“A Field Commission” printed in Great Poets of the Western World in 2012. “I Am Simply But A Man” to be printed in the 20th edition of Our Fifty Most Famous Poets: The Brief Chroniclers of Our Time.
Bud has been a prolific writer of poetry to say the least and as an aged author of the aging column, I have always preferred poetry that rhymes and is not too long. I know there are many other styles, but to me, they have great words that I keep thinking of “those as prose.” (Did you get my rhyme?)
I mention his volunteering plus the great amount of it being done in Douglas County. Lucky us. Bud wrote one on that subject and he titled it “Volunteer.”
Be of service to others.
Get yourself off the shelf.
Do some volunteer work.
The best gift is yourself!
Another he entitled, “Evening”:
The shining waters
of the Blue Lagoon
inflects the light
of the Harvest moon
as autumn leaves
their colors display
and evening shadows
darken the day.
Bud and his wife Donna have two children and five grandchildren so you can see he isn’t a kid anymore either.
Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.