They say with age comes wisdom, and reading the works of this poet is certainly to learn from his observations. Now, that’s not to say I consider him old, but wise even well beyond his chronological age. To call him sage, comes close. Having the heart and wit that puts him in a great poetic place, and “enough” to earn him Poet Laureate honors TWICE at Poetic Asides. Our hope is he stays true to his screen name to Press On in his poetic endeavors. We are happy to have this man in our stable of energetic and accomplished poets. In today’s POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM we feature William Preston’s heart felt poem, “SITTING WITH AN OLD SETTER.”



The old dog’s muzzle now is gleaming white
where formerly it was a copper red;
she still consents to let me rub her head
but nowadays I keep my stroking light.

We’ve been together since she was a pup;
she loved to play throughout the livelong day;
it didn’t take me long to name her Gay
because her silky ears were always up.

But time has done its work, and now we two
are hoary as the January snow;
the time is coming fast for us to go
but till it comes, these quiet days will do.

The old dog’s muzzle now is gleaming white.
I see her still as young and hale instead,
but nowadays I keep my stroking light.


Marie Elena’s interview with William:


April 1st starts “National Poetry Month” and presents the multiple site challenges to write a poem a day. In the past, we here at POETIC BLOOMINGS backed off on our usual regimen to give our poets free reign to undertake this adventure. This year will not be the case. We will proceed with our Sunday Seed prompt, our POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM and our Friday Form/Exercise. Maybe these will provide a bit more inspiration in your endeavors to combine prompts write a diverse poem from both. Good luck in wherever you choose to contribute.

Further more if you would like us to offer a prompt for our own Poem-A-Day in April, let me know in the comments. Give William his just acknowledgement and mention your selection . W.


  1. Wonderful words honoring our poet friend, Walt! All of them true.

    Something I admire about this particular poem is common to all Bill’s poetry: the use of simple, common-to-us-all images that touch our hearts. Sometimes our funny bones. Sometimes our heartstrings. Always our sense of everyday life. ❤

  2. It is always a joy to hear from William Preston. He is not only an excellent poet, but he is an encourager, too.

  3. William, it was so great to see these poems, especially the setter poem. Just touched my heart so deeply. I sit with an old dog too as we grow older. I enjoyed again reading your interview from several years back and I’m so glad to be gifted each week w your poetic beauty again as you share with us in the garden.

  4. Each one of these selections is a wonderful reminder of the talent, community and support we hold for each other here. You are the reasons Marie and I had returned to this special place, if only for you all and each other. Before we return to exploring other great poets, we will celebrate once more a poet(s) from our stories contributors. This one will be special.

  5. Oh, William…so heartfelt! Reminded me of our Molly – shepherd/wolf mix. She lived to be quite old and left us in Roger’s arms with me stroking her head. Miss her daily.
    Love reading your poems, whether here or at Poetic Asides during Poem-a-day. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and talent with the world.

  6. I know a poem from William will always touch me in some way – sometimes a tug at my heart strings, somtimes a gentle sigh at the beauty of nature, and somtimes a laugh-out-loud good time.

Comments are closed.