Twenty-Five: I’m Not Done

Sunnyside up,
Nine pounds and overcooked
A baby girl
was brought into this world

Born into a family of love
Innocent and shy
She believed the age to stay,
was the wise age of five.

Though it couldn’t be stopped
she continued to grow,
with a wealth of interests
and good marks to show.

Three states, two degrees,
moments of pride and moments of shame
adventures and experiences
that only she can claim.

Twenty years later I’ll admit to ye,
that she is me.
Straight up adulting
and halfway to fifty.

The day of my birth,
another trip around the sun.
It all went by so fast,
there better be more to come…

…because I’m not done.



I believe in the world right in front of me.

I believe in the world right in front of me.
These were the first words of the last song I heard.
And do I believe?
I do.
I move to the beat that surrounds us
The sounds and pounds that don’t mean to drown us
but lift us.
This world is a gift.
We must sift through the truths and myths
but still believe we’ll be okay.
And this message we must relay
to our past, present and future.
Today, tomorrow and everyday.

There’s Nothing Like a Dive Into Good Music


In honor of National Poetry Writing Month and my most recent study music, another poem based on songs titles.

A friend of mine recommended Lake Street Dive to me a few weeks ago, I can’t get enough. Lake street Dive is what you might call Indie Pop, Jazz or Soul. The band consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). Check our their music and much more here: Below is a poem I wrote using the song titles of their 2011 album.

Don’t Make Me Hold Your Hand, Ellijah.
I Don’t Really See You Anymore.
I may be Miss Disregard,
but My Heart’s in the Right Place,
you’re My Speed like staying in the lines
but I never loved you, or Henriette.
It’s Funny Not to Care,
you and the Neighbor Song
Got Me Fooled.
Even though We All Love the Same Songs,
when you say Hello,
I’ll say Goodbye!

I highly recommend their most recent album Bad Self Portraits as well!

Enjoy a few of my favorites!

You Go Down Smooth

Rabid Animal

Neighbor Song

Rich Girl, Originally by Hall & Oates

Check out my last song title poem using Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream here!

I Am From the Mitten

Another poem, for National Poetry Writing Month.

One cool way to start writing poems is to write a copy-change poem. You start with a poem that already exists, maybe your favorite poem or a famous, well-known poem. Then you begin replacing words and phrases to make it your own. You can be as close to or as far and opposite from the original poem as you want. For this poem below I took George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” and started changing words…then I basically changed the whole format to make it my own. I did use some elements and ideas for content from the original poem but I changed it to fit where I’m from. And for those of you that don’t get it right away this “mitten” that I’m from is also known as Michigan!

This one is for my family.

I am from the mitten–
from Log Cabin syrup and JIF peanut butter.
I am from a three bedroom ranch, family room addition, with a school and grandparents as neighbors.
I am from acorns and piles of leaves
left by the abundance of trees in our yard.

I am from Tynan Table Talk
from Patrick and Linda,
a big brother named Brad and a dog named Cookie.
I am from a town filled with lakes
called Waterford.

I am from burgers and beer and Christmas caroling.
I am from baseball games and bonfires.
I am from the Irish and the Italian
from stewghetti, corned beef and chicken and a vegetable.

I am from church at Our lady of the Lakes
followed by breakfast at Village Place.
I am from the smells of coffee
and fresh paint.
From the tears of  laughter
and the making of to-do lists.

I am from the stories–
told by my uncles and my grandfathers.
I am from the memories and the moments
in the photos tucked away in our garage,
or a folder on the computer.

I am from the love,
from the support,
from the courage,
from the silliness,
of a family
that I wouldn’t trade for the world.


Song Title Inspired Poetry: Teenage Dream

A poem inspired by the song titles of Katy Perry’s album “Teenage Dream” released in 2010. I have found this is an interesting way to create a story, it could turn out in a number of ways depending on an artist’s style, genre, or album theme. This technique made me write and think in a whole new way! Enjoy!

Last Friday Night,
I had a Teenage Dream
about The One That Got Away.

There were California Girls
and an Extraterrestrial Peacock.
Baby you’re a Firework, but
Who am I Living For?

I’m like a Pearl with a Hummingbird Heartbeat
as I Circle the Drain.
This is Not Like the Movies.

"Teenage Dream" Album Cover, 2010
“Teenage Dream” Album Cover, 2010
“Teenage Dream” Single Album Cover

National Poetry Writing Month: Truth

I just found out yesterday that April is National Poetry Writing Month. So even though it’s already April 16th, cheers to 14 more days of poetry. I will share some of my old poems and try to write some new ones! This was one of the first poems I wrote when I was in high school:


Bent, misused,
Twisted and abused,
Often shaded by lies.

Can’t be changed
or rearranged,
but can be seen within your eyes.

It loves to be heard,
This meaningful word,
So let it live before it dies.