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Poems by Mark Toney

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08/09/2022 JUST AUGUST 35 Tanka
08/07/2022 Wisdom's Singularity 17 Haiku
08/04/2022 Pizza and Beer 37 Haiku
07/16/2022 Writer's Block 109 Quatrain
07/15/2022 Beware 76 Senryu
07/12/2022 Loss 315 Haiku
07/09/2022 Wake-Up Call 176 Haiku
07/07/2022 Vincent Willem Van Gogh 311 Clerihew
07/06/2022 cherita poetry form 242 Free verse
07/04/2022 Thanksgiving Crystals 312 Crystalline
06/24/2022 The Real Pheidippides 321 Clerihew
06/20/2022 War Drums 364 Senryu
06/19/2022 Cats or Dogs 326 Personification
06/01/2022 Sentimentality 308 Free verse
04/23/2022 raining cats and dogs 432 Monoku
02/23/2022 Awaiting Her Return 251 Free verse
12/24/2021 Our Life As One 270 Lyric
12/21/2021 Grace Like Rain 371 Free verse
12/21/2021 Winter Solstice 174 Haiku
12/01/2021 Spiritual Armor 172 Haiku
11/20/2021 Smokey Bear 144 Light Verse
11/04/2021 Shy 280 Haiku
11/02/2021 World Champions 144 Haiku
10/09/2021 Reflections 112 Free verse
09/25/2021 Ace 110 Haiku
09/24/2021 Fallen Leaves 127 Haiku
09/12/2021 Crucible 150 Free verse
09/08/2021 Quarterfinal 100 Haiku
09/07/2021 Which Ball 428 Haiku
09/06/2021 Peachy Keen Redux 135 Haiku
08/30/2021 Nice Geese in Nice 114 Limerick
08/30/2021 Hate To Let You Go 179 Lyric
08/29/2021 Early Birds 114 Haiku
08/21/2021 Brevity 150 Haiku
08/20/2021 Destructive Loophole 110 Haiku
08/20/2021 Conflict Resolution 111 Haiku
06/23/2021 Fish Tales 234 Haiku
05/27/2021 A Day of Hope 187 Verse
05/25/2021 Inner Peace 150 Free verse
05/15/2021 Sea 476 Haiku
05/13/2021 Woods 173 Haiku
05/13/2021 Raccoon 261 Haiku
05/12/2021 Grass 271 Haiku
05/10/2021 Love's Cliche Coup: Surrounded by Idioms 377 Lyric
04/19/2021 Perseverance 162 Haiku
11/19/2020 Bullfinch 410 Haiku
11/19/2020 What's the Buzz 300 Haiku
11/15/2020 Encouraging Words 256 Senryu
11/15/2020 Freedom 280 Senryu
11/15/2020 Real Integrity 220 Senryu
11/15/2020 Digging for Treasure 176 Senryu
11/15/2020 Force for Good 198 Senryu
11/15/2020 Meditate Daily 175 Senryu
11/15/2020 Love Without Hypocrisy 211 Senryu
11/15/2020 Fellow Feeling 196 Senryu
11/15/2020 Forgiveness Restores 178 Senryu
11/15/2020 Fireball Duet 282 Haiku
10/16/2020 Beauty Is 256 Acrostic
10/07/2020 Never Satisfied 423 Free verse
08/16/2020 truth's bouquet 176 Monoku
08/16/2020 Potty Mouth 261 Rhyme
08/14/2020 wisdom's heart - ziket 226 Free verse
08/14/2020 Serendipity 342 Rhyme
08/13/2020 At a Loss for Words 169 Shape
08/08/2020 Triggered 217 Lyric
08/06/2020 Together 230 Lyric
08/04/2020 Eat the Rest 169 Narrative
08/01/2020 Epigram 154 Monoku
07/28/2020 True Gamer 245 Free verse
07/26/2020 Render Unto Caesar 183 Quatrain
07/10/2020 If It Takes Forever 393 Senryu
07/04/2020 stop texts stop wrecks 236 Senryu
07/02/2020 Quietude 205 Haiku
07/01/2020 Big Dog 560 Personification
06/30/2020 Loving Kindness in the Neighborhood 208 Haibun
06/23/2020 Ounce of Prevention 234 Rhyme
06/19/2020 Happy or Depressed 263 Shape
06/19/2020 Bon Appetit 254 Limerick
06/18/2020 Justice for All 298 Free verse
05/22/2020 10 POEMS THAT DEFINE ME 351 List
05/22/2020 amy and sputnik 237 Haiku
05/20/2020 No Forgiveness for the Perfect 244 Lyric
05/14/2020 lockdown letdown 200 Senryu
05/14/2020 corollary 250 Senryu
05/02/2020 External Use Only 188 Rhyme
05/02/2020 Tax Man - A Country Haibun 226 Haibun
05/02/2020 soapy sabotage 357 Alliteration
04/29/2020 Watching the World 385 Alliteration
04/26/2020 A Friendship Lost 421 Lyric
04/25/2020 X-Ray Oscar 245 Alliteration
04/25/2020 Goodwill Ambassador 280 Clerihew
04/19/2020 fruit of our labor 340 Haiku
04/18/2020 Wisdom's Heart 189 Couplet
04/18/2020 en espera 205 Monoku
04/18/2020 Beleaguered Brussels Broker 238 Alliteration
04/12/2020 Heroes and Zeros 294 Rhyme
03/24/2020 on a roll 422 Senryu
03/21/2020 Upbuilding Poetry 310 Rhyme
03/18/2020 DO THE FIVE 212 Senryu
03/16/2020 Footle Fest 3 272 Footle


Quote Left Tragedies worldwide, flooding my senses, daily, fill my bag of tears. Quote Right
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Quote Left The Seven P’s: Proper, prayerful, purposeful preparation prevents poor performance! Jim Baker, former Secretary of State, said the Five P’s. I added two more: “prayerful, purposeful”. Quote Right
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Quote Left When my muse ignites verse that excites then you have me dead to rights - I'm a poet! Quote Right
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Quote Left Keep on shining even though you feel like whining! Quote Right
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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 49 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.