A book of poems by Robert Howard was published this year. It’s called “Unity Tree” and includes “Alone”, which is coped below, and organized in five sections: Our Island Home, Music of the Spheres, Human Family Picnic, Ancient Footprints and A Place to Call Home. For the past 20 years, Robert has been the conductor of the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra. He wrote a cantata, “Wilderness Reflections,” that was performed earlier this year as part of the 100th anniversary celebration for Rocky Mountain National Park.


How could I ever understand what it is you choose
to call existence
and how could I ever

tell you what it means to me?

A solitary dot stained
on the canvas
of the expanding universe, I sense a primal shiver whenever, ‘stranger’
cries out from a page
or whispers in the aether.