I am a secret poet and a former English teacher. I am truly a romantic at heart no matter what the subject matter; I always choose to see the deeper side of things. Nothing is black and white to me and I believe that the human spirit encompasses much more than the simple people in the world accept. I am not insane enough to relish poverty, poverty just happens to be my lifestyle. All my interests and pursuits seem to be in areas anathema to making money, but ultimately that is okay with me. I am industrious enough to have never had to sleep without a roof, it's just that there are times when that was my preferred sleeping venue. I believe fully in the power of poetry to express oneself and to reveal the hidden dreams that sometimes we fail to accept in ourselves. I admit freely that I am NOT the protagonist in all my poetry; it tends to stem from my observations of others, typically the young people who inhabit the majority of my attentions. This has been a very difficult year for me, filled with many losses. I hope that I shall overcome the devastation of my heart and maybe someday find the voice inside crying out to be heard. I love reading the poetry of others and will try to comment in meaningful ways. I appreciate any and all comments on my own work. Thank you for taking the time to read this and do not hesitate to join me in discussion.