…..There is an inherent economy in poetry.  It departs from prose at that juncture.  But it is the heart and the revelation of the inner core that appeals most to me.  Many who are reading this have an appreciation for the special power and richness that poetry can convey.  There are others who feel the stirrings to compose their own.  I encourage the insight to be bold and the confidence to acknowledge the recognition in yourself that your gifts of self expression are worthy to be shared.  That the feelings and thoughts that well up within you can move and impact others.  I hope these offerings strike a chord in those who hunger, perhaps in spiritual isolation, for the touch of kindred consciousness.  There is a painful beauty in this type of separation and the will to overcome the distance.  It is in the spirit of resolving that longing that I offer theses poems.