Bill’s piece reminds me so much of freedom and is a perfect example of less being more. The absence of clutter is refreshing. He uses the word “purity” with no additional explanation necessary except for rain water. The reader imagines rain water like a refreshing mountain stream (at least this reader does). — Beacon Poetry Editor Billy Hands

Thanks for Nothing

by Bill Batcher

for the silence of a snowy day
for the purity of rain water
for the emptiness of a cloudless sky
for odor-free fresh air
for the smoothness of a polished stone
for a day without problems, fights,
for a mind with no distractions
Thanks for Nothing

Bill Batcher, a retired public school teacher with a doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University, is the winner of numerous poetry awards. His most recent book is 2016’s “The Storytellers,” which tells stories of the Civil War.

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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