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10/16/2020 Beauty Is 40 Acrostic
10/07/2020 Never Satisfied 91 Free verse
08/16/2020 truth's bouquet 65 Monoku
08/16/2020 Potty Mouth 108 Rhyme
08/14/2020 wisdom's heart - ziket 114 Free verse
08/14/2020 Serendipity 78 Rhyme
08/13/2020 At a Loss for Words 67 Shape
08/08/2020 Triggered 80 Narrative
08/06/2020 Together 72 Lyric
08/04/2020 Eat the Rest 57 Narrative
08/01/2020 Epigram 59 Monoku
07/28/2020 True Gamer 87 Free verse
07/26/2020 Render Unto Caesar 62 Rhyme
07/10/2020 If It Takes Forever 175 Senryu
07/04/2020 stop texts stop wrecks 119 Senryu
07/02/2020 Quietude 92 Haiku
07/01/2020 Big Dog 195 Personification
06/30/2020 Loving Kindness in the Neighborhood 70 Haibun
06/23/2020 Ounce of Prevention 83 Rhyme
06/19/2020 Happy or Depressed 114 Shape
06/19/2020 Bon Appetit 113 Limerick
06/18/2020 Justice for All 154 Free verse
05/22/2020 10 POEMS THAT DEFINE ME 128 List
05/22/2020 amy and sputnik 74 Haiku
05/20/2020 No Forgiveness for the Perfect 102 Lyric
05/14/2020 lockdown letdown 83 Senryu
05/14/2020 corollary 69 Senryu
05/02/2020 External Use Only 93 Rhyme
05/02/2020 Tax Man - A Country Haibun 103 Haibun
05/02/2020 soapy sabotage 155 Alliteration
04/29/2020 flatten the curve 138 Alliteration
04/26/2020 A Friendship Lost 271 Lyric
04/25/2020 X-Ray Oscar 96 Alliteration
04/25/2020 Goodwill Ambassador 119 Clerihew
04/19/2020 fruit of our labor 154 Haiku
04/18/2020 Wisdom's Heart 83 Couplet
04/18/2020 en espera 98 Monoku
04/18/2020 Beleaguered Brussels Broker 114 Alliteration
04/12/2020 Heroes and Zeros 153 Rhyme
03/24/2020 on a roll 224 Senryu
03/21/2020 Upbuilding Poetry 169 Rhyme
03/18/2020 DO THE FIVE 98 Senryu
03/16/2020 Footle Fest 3 119 Footle
03/16/2020 He's Really Nowhere, Man 83 Free verse
03/15/2020 Coronavirus Blues 232 Lyric
03/09/2020 Brokered Finale 133 Rhyme
03/05/2020 Jamaica Jam 119 Lyric
03/03/2020 COVID-19 195 Haiku
02/29/2020 It Was Me It Was You 142 Lyric
02/28/2020 Go Figure 92 Fibonacci
02/25/2020 A Baby Cries Deux 118 Abecedarian
02/24/2020 Stirred But Not Shaken 137 Rhyme
02/20/2020 La Gioconda 118 Monoku
02/20/2020 Conversion 137 Lyric
02/19/2020 Footle Fest 2 113 Footle
02/19/2020 Conscience 127 List
02/18/2020 Gentle Rain 96 Didactic
02/17/2020 Moms and Daughters-in-Law 119 Quatrain
02/16/2020 Obsession's Bitter Harvest 156 Rhyme
02/11/2020 Resurrection 127 Tristich
02/09/2020 Praise 113 Didactic
02/08/2020 Antarctic Meltdown 120 Haiku
02/08/2020 Footle Fest 1 187 Footle
02/08/2020 Glass is Empty 163 Rhyme
02/07/2020 Free Form 113 Ekphrasis
02/06/2020 Harbor Wave 248 Shape
02/05/2020 Bitter Adieu 132 Lyric
01/23/2020 Q-U-I Quit 275 Alliteration
01/20/2020 O Do Not Covet 80 Quatrain
01/18/2020 Psalm of Praise 111 Lyric
01/18/2020 Terrible Timing 129 Alliteration
01/18/2020 ergo ego 115 Haiku
01/06/2020 Quirks Quinzaine 176 Senryu
01/05/2020 Oscar-ku 43 -Patton 147 Haiku
01/05/2020 Oscar-ku 42 -Midnight Cowboy 190 Haiku
01/04/2020 Lessons Lost Overnight 132 Couplet
01/04/2020 'Za Zucchini Zinfandel 216 Alliteration
01/03/2020 My Life In Perfect Six Sequence 114 Narrative
01/03/2020 Misogynist 196 Alliteration
01/02/2020 One Flesh 106 Rhyme
01/01/2020 Slings and Arrows 127 Rhyme
12/17/2019 Appreciation 156 Alliteration
12/15/2019 Late for Work 129 Than-Bauk
12/13/2019 Real Eyes See 175 Free verse
12/12/2019 Not The Same 173 Nonet
12/11/2019 Super-Secret 136 Alliteration
12/10/2019 A Life That Matters 163 Rhyme
12/09/2019 Ancestry Whack-a-Mole 128 Senryu
12/04/2019 Came to a Sticky End 136 Epitaph
12/04/2019 Who Blinks First 133 Senryu
11/28/2019 Tongue Twister 163 Limerick
11/24/2019 Dreamlike 121 Footle
11/23/2019 Favorite Protegee 144 Lyric
11/22/2019 Munch on This 120 Rhyme
11/21/2019 Bullit the Blue Sky 144 Senryu
11/21/2019 Propitiation 102 Senryu
11/20/2019 Farmers Are Never Idle 524 Idyll (Idyl)
11/19/2019 Mirage 161 Imagism
11/18/2019 Honorable Mention 154 Sonnet
11/14/2019 Nick O Tyme 128 Epitaph


Quote Left Be not content with one flower of truth—gather ever truth’s bouquet. Quote Right
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Quote Left How much better at day's end to be found kind. Quote Right
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Quote Left When love precipitates, selfishness evaporates. Quote Right
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Quote Left Don't forget to reconcile your bank statement with your life's statement. Quote Right
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Quote Left If selfishness precipitates, love will evaporate. Quote Right
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Quote Left When I was very, very young I learned how to tie my shoes in a double knot, really tight, but I couldn't untie them. I tried and tried but to no avail. I was stubborn and didn't want to ask for help, but eventually I had to ask my Mom or Dad to help me. And they did. Makes you wonder who's going to untie the hard knots that mankind's responsible for? Quote Right
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Quote Left I am always busy, but never too busy for you. Quote Right
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Quote Left You can determine to what extent each person bears responsibility, by analyzing the debris field left behind and the length of the skid marks left from the time it was known to the time it was stopped. Quote Right
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Quote Left There are many things we may intend to do, but we all get caught up in the flurry of life. Quote Right
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Quote Left I can pretty much set my own schedule; but sometimes the tail wags the dog. Quote Right
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Quote Left I work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; and every 4 years I work an extra day just for the heck of it. Quote Right
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Short Stories

Wake Up and Smell the Keurig K-Cups funny, moral,
Fear of Flying funny, travel,
Castles In The Sand inspirational, moral,
Yvonne's Swan Song for kids, for teens, moral,



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Happily married for over 47 years, having raised two sons, both married to girls named Carla.  Go figure. :) | Newsletter | Pinterest
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"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.

Yvonne’s Swan Song – Narrative poem dedicated to all victims of bullying, including girls and boys of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds, including me!

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.

My Amazing Week on the FarmPastoral poem that describes life lessons learned during an amazing week when I was 15-years old.

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.

Vanessa’s Song – This poem was written for our dear friends after their 16-year old daughter, Vanessa, committed suicide in 1998.

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.

Faraway Moon – My ode to the faithful, fascinating, faraway moon.

Psalm of Praise – A fitting way to conclude the 20 poems that define me.