Here are the poems I promised. I am now in my hometown of Greeley, Colorado for a full week. There is a great coffee shop here called Zoe’s where I will probably spend most my week. If all goes according to plan, I will update this site with new material every day this week.
When I was 17, I discovered that my girlfriend was pregnant. We aborted. I’ve written a lot on this experience–simple trying to understand what had happened and what I was feeling. This is the first poem on wrote on the experience.
In the months that followed my high school graduation, I realized it would be much harder to make new friends. Simultaneously, I was frightened that I could not keep a friend for very long. The combination was frightening.
Hour Upon the Stage
I wrote this after my final high school play. The scene that this poem describes is still one of the most vivid in my memory. I did my best to capture the moment in detail. I always used poetry for romance. It wasn’t until college that I found other uses for poetry–making my writing much better. I like romantic poetry–but there’s only so much you can do with it.