We're doing a lot of work at home, building a better stronger show to take on the road later this year. There are already tour dates up for the midwest and Texas at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/schedule/ .
Thanks to The Daily Tarheel for writing about our residency at The Kraken: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/01/shake-sugaree-0130 . Check out The Byrd Word podcast over at http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-byrd-word/ . You can subscribe and listen to The Byrd Word on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. By the time you read this, I'll have the newest one up with New Folk winner Wes Collins.
WED FEB 7 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - special guest Wes Collins
FRI FEB 9 - Cavender Creek Vineyards - Dahlonega GA
SAT FEB 10 - Reeves Theater - Elkin NC
WED FEB 14 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - Valentines Day!
WED FEB 28 - The Kraken - Chapel Hill NC - a special night in memory of Paul Ford
FRI MAR 2 - St. Matthews Episcopal Church - Faith & Arts Series - Hillsborough NC - a full-length reading show featuring poems from my new book 'You've Changed'
The First Day
When is grandpa going to die, he asked.
The mare had broke her water in the night.
No one knows, said Mama. We are tasked
to help with that transition when it’s right.
She tied a rope around the single hoof,
her hands the boy’s and horse’s God entire.
She said that they had waited long enough.
The boy fed bits of wood into the fire.
The head appeared and split the mare. She heaved,
the laminated foal reluctant yet.
Although to see the light would mean to breathe,
the winter in its lungs would seem like death.
The horse was born. The old man passed away.
The evening and the morning were the first day.