Day 104 – One of My Teeth Is Fake

one of my teeth is fake
what a secret to hold onto
when the delivery guy smiles
and when the boss is happy with me
or the boss is upset with me
and when my mirror gets lippy

they don’t know
but I know
a gold porcelain crown
is holding me down
and I don’t need
anything else


Year 2: Day 89 – Shoelaces

I may be good at spelling
or teaching math
or making plans
but what I’m really best at doing
is tying shoelaces.

What do twenty forlorn faces want
with my knowledge of homonyms,
presidents, and bacteria,
at recess when their laces
come undone?

Who is more a hero
in the middle of a game of tag
than the only one in the bunch
who can solve the threat
of trips and scrapes?

My nimble hands and bended knee
are wasted in the grown-up world-
I’m never more useful or more valued
than when stooping low
to tie a child’s shoes.

Candy Pizza to be Released Tuesday, September 9th!

candy pizza

Candy Pizza: Poetry that’s Fun and Healthy
is here!! It was waiting in my mailbox when I got home from work last night and I squeed for a good long while. (Is that a word? Squeed? Whatever, it is now.) Here’s a picture of my reaction as proof:

After totally freaking out for a bit, I calmed down and added some extra, more recent poems that I’ve fallen in love with since putting together the collection this summer. I feel confident that it now represents the best of the entire 365 Poetry Project. AND I’M SO EXCITED TO RELEASE IT TO YOU!! (Yes, I did sleep with the proof copy under my pillow last night for good luck, thankyouverymuch.)

Monday, September 8th is Day 365 and the final day for the project, so it’s only fitting that TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th will be the first day you’ll be able to order your copy :DD It’ll be available at my Createspace store and on for $9.99, and an e-book version will be available through Kindle (price to be determined.)

I also have planned some fun book giveaways on my Facebook & Goodreads author pages, so be on the lookout for those, too!

Now this is important, people: one of my biggest, most overruling goals of life is to remain humble. I try very hard not to let things like this get to my head even though they’re suuuuper exciting 😉 I’ve seen other artists, poets, musicians who let themselves get cocky about these things, and I’ve seen them completely torn down because they don’t know the difference between reaching for the stars and assuming you own them.

I’m not doing this to make tons of money; I’m doing this because it’s what I love. For a year I’ve released my poetry for free over the internet without even attempting to get it published anywhere. And it’s been an amazing experience! I want to make sure you all know how incredibly appreciative I am for each and every one of your kind comments and words of advice, praise, and encouragement. NEVER ONCE, on this entire blog with over 5,000 followers, have I ever received even one negative or unkind comment, and that just blows my mind. (I have to assume that if anyone didn’t like my work they just kept their opinion to themselves, which in itself is an act of uncommon politeness.)

So from the bottom of my heart, even if you don’t buy a copy, I’m grateful for every single second that you took to read my poems and for every single e-mail, comment, page view, and blog follow I’ve been blessed to receive. Bloggers really are the best people on Earth 😉

Much love and forever thanks,