He lived his life with infectious, mirth-
skewed hubris, flavored with a certain
spiritual panache that inspired envy far
more than disdain, admiration over ridicule
and he never took any of it for granted.

Women and men found him equally engaging
he counted among his friends many who were
far older, considerably younger than he.

Knowing himself to be quite flawed he never
aspired to anything but polished imperfection
and therein lay the secret to the success he
thinks he never achieved.

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I am a poet, writer and teacher who moved from Minnesota to New Orleans in 2008 to help rebuild the worst public school system in America. It is a huge challenge to say the least. Now, after ten years, I have returned home to my native Midwest. Writing - in many different forms and ways - has saved me untold thousands in therapy bills throughout the years. Reading my writings may do either the same - or just the opposite - for you. Read at your own risk, as I do not offer writer malpractice insurance. ;-{) I hope you enjoy what you read here.