Happily married for over 47 years, having raised two sons, both married to girls named Carla. Go figure. :)
"Glass is Empty" is my avatar. It reflects a play on words with my initials, as "Empty" becomes "MT" for my name. The glass represents my transparently fragile creative process. The glass begins to fill as I struggle through the process of writing, becoming full when I (finally!) complete a short story or poem. After publishing the work, the glass becomes empty again, awaiting new inspiration. Empty or full, the glass is always "MT" :) TMI? Oh My!
Twenty Poems that Define Me
Abundant Blessings Continue – A spiritual ode written in ABC form in which every word begins with a successive letter of the alphabet starting with A. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/abundant_blessings_continue_1023244
Yvonne’s Swan Song – Narrative poem dedicated to all victims of bullying, including girls and boys of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds, including me! https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/yvonnes_swan_song_1016718
Close Encounters of the Bully Kind – Couplet describing my actual encounter with a bully and subsequent conflicting counsel given to me by Mom and Dad. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/close_encounters_of_the_bully_kind_1185718
My Amazing Week on the Farm – Pastoral poem that describes life lessons learned during an amazing week when I was 15-years old. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/my_amazing_week_on_the_farm_1190059
Paralyzed – Dedicated to my father, who had 3 strokes leaving him totally paralyzed for 7 years before he died.
Take Care of Yourself First – My family’s experience in providing the loving caregiving that our elderly and infirm family members.
Caregiver – My family’s experience with elder abuse that can develop when a caregiver becomes a selfish care-TAKER. Elder abuse—See it. Stop it. Prevent it. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/caregiver_1020961
Vanessa’s Song – This poem was written for our dear friends after their 16-year old daughter, Vanessa, committed suicide in 1998. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/vanessas_song_1018588
Please Sir – Beautiful downtown Atlanta is the scene for this true encounter for which I am still ashamed after 30-years.
Castles in the Sand – Narrative poem with a moral lesson that keeps me focused on making sure of the more important things in life.
What of Our Children? – Lyric poem highlighting the challenges to our children’s future.
Real Eyes See – A commentary on today’s society using wordplay and rhyme.
Cycle of Seasons: Haiku Series – I love Japanese poetry forms. My series of 12 Haiku (3 per season) describing the beginning and end of each season as they transition.
Nasty Panda – A flight of fancy to show my lighter side, and I am not talking about weight!
Green Eggs, Spam and Grits – My Southern-style tribute to Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Doctor Seuss.
Love Immutable – The culmination of what I have learned as a husband after forty-six years of marriage.
Honorable Mention – A mother gives her son sage advice on living a modest life in humility.
My Memories – This poem expresses our concern over age-related memory loss, and my prayer that our memories stay fixed and true. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/my_memories_1191701
Faraway Moon – My ode to the faithful, fascinating, faraway moon. https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/faraway_moon_1189504
Psalm of Praise – A fitting way to conclude the 20 poems that define me.