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06/23/2021 Fish Tales 64 Haiku
05/27/2021 A Day of Hope 78 Verse
05/25/2021 Inner Peace 50 Free verse
05/15/2021 Sea 239 Haiku
05/13/2021 Woods 82 Haiku
05/13/2021 Raccoon 100 Haiku
05/12/2021 Grass 130 Haiku
05/10/2021 Love's Cliche Coup: Surrounded by Idioms 173 Lyric
04/19/2021 Perseverance 79 Haiku
11/19/2020 Bullfinch 265 Haiku
11/19/2020 What's the Buzz 228 Haiku
11/15/2020 Encouraging Words 172 Senryu
11/15/2020 Freedom 138 Senryu
11/15/2020 Real Integrity 119 Senryu
11/15/2020 Digging for Treasure 101 Senryu
11/15/2020 Force for Good 116 Senryu
11/15/2020 Meditate Daily 107 Senryu
11/15/2020 Love Without Hypocrisy 123 Senryu
11/15/2020 Fellow Feeling 116 Senryu
11/15/2020 Forgiveness Restores 112 Senryu
11/15/2020 Fireball Duet 172 Haiku
10/16/2020 Beauty Is 184 Acrostic
10/07/2020 Never Satisfied 306 Free verse
08/16/2020 truth's bouquet 120 Monoku
08/16/2020 Potty Mouth 198 Rhyme
08/14/2020 wisdom's heart - ziket 175 Free verse
08/14/2020 Serendipity 166 Rhyme
08/13/2020 At a Loss for Words 120 Shape
08/08/2020 Triggered 156 Lyric
08/06/2020 Together 161 Lyric
08/04/2020 Eat the Rest 116 Narrative
08/01/2020 Epigram 106 Monoku
07/28/2020 True Gamer 156 Free verse
07/26/2020 Render Unto Caesar 125 Quatrain
07/10/2020 If It Takes Forever 305 Senryu
07/04/2020 stop texts stop wrecks 178 Senryu
07/02/2020 Quietude 142 Haiku
07/01/2020 Big Dog 342 Personification
06/30/2020 Loving Kindness in the Neighborhood 129 Haibun
06/23/2020 Ounce of Prevention 173 Rhyme
06/19/2020 Happy or Depressed 203 Shape
06/19/2020 Bon Appetit 190 Limerick
06/18/2020 Justice for All 230 Free verse
05/22/2020 10 POEMS THAT DEFINE ME 241 List
05/22/2020 amy and sputnik 158 Haiku
05/20/2020 No Forgiveness for the Perfect 169 Lyric
05/14/2020 lockdown letdown 132 Senryu
05/14/2020 corollary 151 Senryu
05/02/2020 External Use Only 141 Rhyme
05/02/2020 Tax Man - A Country Haibun 162 Haibun
05/02/2020 soapy sabotage 270 Alliteration
04/29/2020 flatten the curve 265 Alliteration
04/26/2020 A Friendship Lost 350 Lyric
04/25/2020 X-Ray Oscar 160 Alliteration
04/25/2020 Goodwill Ambassador 193 Clerihew
04/19/2020 fruit of our labor 216 Haiku
04/18/2020 Wisdom's Heart 134 Couplet
04/18/2020 en espera 142 Monoku
04/18/2020 Beleaguered Brussels Broker 178 Alliteration
04/12/2020 Heroes and Zeros 232 Rhyme
03/24/2020 on a roll 320 Senryu
03/21/2020 Upbuilding Poetry 234 Rhyme
03/18/2020 DO THE FIVE 152 Senryu
03/16/2020 Footle Fest 3 193 Footle
03/16/2020 He's Really Nowhere, Man 140 Free verse
03/15/2020 Coronavirus Blues 292 Lyric
03/09/2020 Brokered Finale 197 Rhyme
03/05/2020 Jamaica Jam 189 Lyric
03/03/2020 COVID-19 260 Haiku
02/29/2020 It Was Me It Was You 212 Lyric
02/28/2020 Go Figure 138 Fibonacci
02/25/2020 A Baby Cries Deux 188 Abecedarian
02/24/2020 Stirred But Not Shaken 203 Rhyme
02/20/2020 La Gioconda 174 Monoku
02/20/2020 Conversion 184 Lyric
02/19/2020 Footle Fest 2 168 Footle
02/19/2020 Conscience 174 List
02/18/2020 Gentle Rain 138 Didactic
02/17/2020 Moms and Daughters-in-Law 176 Quatrain
02/16/2020 Obsession's Bitter Harvest 214 Rhyme
02/11/2020 Resurrection 183 Tristich
02/09/2020 Praise 155 Didactic
02/08/2020 Antarctic Meltdown 188 Haiku
02/08/2020 Footle Fest 1 293 Footle
02/08/2020 Glass is Empty 219 Rhyme
02/07/2020 Free Form 198 Ekphrasis
02/06/2020 Harbor Wave 299 Shape
02/05/2020 Bitter Adieu 180 Lyric
01/23/2020 Q-U-I Quit 453 Alliteration
01/20/2020 O Do Not Covet 127 Quatrain
01/18/2020 Psalm of Praise 159 Lyric
01/18/2020 Terrible Timing 186 Alliteration
01/18/2020 ergo ego 162 Haiku
01/06/2020 Quirks Quinzaine 230 Free verse
01/05/2020 Oscar-ku 43 -Patton 211 Haiku
01/05/2020 Oscar-ku 42 -Midnight Cowboy 263 Haiku
01/04/2020 Lessons Lost Overnight 199 Couplet
01/04/2020 'Za Zucchini Zinfandel 278 Alliteration
01/03/2020 My Life In Perfect Six Sequence 169 Narrative
01/03/2020 Misogynist 284 Alliteration


Quote Left Throw caution to the wind then your life will upend. Quote Right
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Quote Left Music is the soundtrack of our lives, and as such can help recover a once cherished memory forgotten. Quote Right
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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. :)


"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.