Northern Illinois University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*NIU*

Togetherness at Northern Illinois University is not limited to Greek Row,
It’s the times we have stood in rows to help…
And it’s all these times in a row.
Huskies are always present:
Check the roll.

In Brigham Field we always show up,
At the Rec Center the Huskies often throw up,
Training for Division I Athletic Competition,
Together our strength can only go up…
&
With these Party Thursdays in DeKalb, Illinois:
We don’t ever
Want to grow up.

We want to stay in Starbusters’ beer garden in any weather,
Then kneel at the porcelain throne after Lord Stanley’s,
And when Friday arrives, as in Stand by Me,
The Huskies will always walk together.
Releasing a stressful week of hard work well done,
It’s another week of school behind us,
Now standing at the rear all the way to the front:
Is Us.
We push through exams, bar lines, and end zones,
There’s Black and Red Huskies that surround you,
And if anyone needs a Husky to push you through—
just Fall in Reverse & Pick up your Phones.

When you’re stuck at the crossroads of traffic jams,
And you ask for help with accelerated words,
Or at a standstill because you ran out of gas,
There is no need to say any more words…
We will Push together
Forward.

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University of Illinois Chicago Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*UIC*

Take a walk through our trees & smoldering UIC Degrees
and you’ll behold a
Spark in the Park…
Worldwide like Little Italy and Greektown Recipes,
Wide as Grant and Millennium Park.
These United Nations join for a
Taste of Chicago,
In the melting pot of the UIC,
Students make haste from the word go,
Commingling like the Flames in the JST.
It all begins here amid Harrison Field,
Whence these Flames are bound to amaze,
On to State & throughout this world: We Will Build:
Spread
Of the Blaze.

Our oncologists excel in cell research,
We nurse professionals in physics and pharmacy,
UIC leads Illinois in the health-care birch,
A Medical Museum of the Science Industry.
Flames reignite the first Thursday every fall,
And every year we reach a little higher,
Tribute to our Second Star—we roll a mighty ball:

The Great Chicago Fire.

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Blessed

From Art of Mind: Philosopoems to the World
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*Blessed*

Lucky Ones
find a Dime on the Street,
and take it home
Without Pay.
They find great fame
in a well of
Empty Talent.
They are born into homes
of Privilege -
With Bills Paid
and Dreams Paved.
They fall into jobs of Nepotism,
While others fall further into Debt.
They welcome going out in
A Blaze of Glory,
but continue to evade death’s bed…
They can ride life’s wheel of fortune,
And never see black or red.

While they are drowning at the turn,
they are saved by a fleeting river.

Their skill is often at the bottom of the pile,
but they land at the top of the deck,
They play the numbers just like the rest,
yet only they hold the giant check.

To be fortunate is to be this lucky,
It’s an envy that most possess…
But to flop on you
&
Win your love -
Is to be truly Blessed.

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The Stranger of Tomorrow

From Art of Mind: Philosopoems to the World
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*Stranger of Tomorrow*

this Thought you own
You really Borrow:
Never
Trust the Stranger
of Tomorrow.

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Illinois Tech Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*Illinois Tech*

Next Stop:
35th-Bronzeville-IIT.
Doors Closing.

We are the Green Line that streamlines innovation with reputation—Opening worlds with a synergy driven by a mission and a vision. These lives in Chicago will be transformed by an international influence.
We can’t change the past,
But we can transfer it fast.
Providing our education with a raised destination on a platform with creative norms.

Our youth is a train that only fails when it is derailed.

We believe in recharging our minds with modernism and distinction, building on the wavelengths of our distinctive strengths. With the instinctive honing inventions like the first mobile phone.
Through IIT, we can pick up and still leave where we were;
Talking on your main line while switching to a Red Line:
Call it a Two-Way Transfer.
We have activated the minds of Martin Cooper, Valdas Adamkus, Jack Steinberger—international and local minds who through I-Tech did find:
We still have a long way to go,
but the journey begins
In Chicago.

Ideas exchanged over supper at the Commons,
At stimulating concerts from town artists like Common,
&
Inside the avant-garde MTCC:
The spectacular structure of IIT.
This is where we take off and go beyond the rails,
A mission with sincere ethics
Never Fails…
For it never stops until the destination is reached…

The aim is never easy;
To arrive,
You must reach.

Our stop is the future.

A new train of motivated movers just stepped off,
New Scarlet Hawks now prepare to take off.

This is Illinois Institute of Technology.

Doors Open.

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The Losing Battle

From Art of Mind: Philosopoems to the World
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*The Losing Battle*

When he showed me the mirror,
I saw he did a masterful job.
But as I left the shop,
I couldn’t help wondering:
How many times
The clinic could resuscitate me.
When I returned to my room,
I found myself staring at
My own Reflection.
What I saw staring back at me
was an outright defiance of time.
I could see Da Kid holding on to the
Branch of Youth,
In spite of the winds of change.
In fact it was hard to fathom this display
of Resilience
Withering into a hoary stage.

But just as sure as I grew since birth,
And hair grew from my family jewels,
This image was to be as temporary
As my years in nursery school.

I saw heart, vibrancy and determination
To win this external struggle…
So at the end of this hanging stare,
I felt a heavy sadness:

For you may have won this fight,
Dear Friend,
But you’re in a Losing Battle.

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Benedictine University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
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*Benedictine University*

There is an Almighty power in the communal voice,
A Golden Light from the most ultimate source,
Through the Savior of man—our lives rejoice,
A song of salvation to cleanse our remorse.
In Benedictine, Red & White Eagles have crossed
To learn today and transform tomorrow,
In Lisle, the lighted vision will never be lost,
It is a shed that is shared, yet always borrowed.
From inspirations found in St. Procopius Abbey,
Lake St. Benedict, the Neff Welcome Center,
It is found in the Medal, the Cross, the Grass Prairie,
God is in our hearts, and He sings from the center.
Yes, through the light we can witness and sing:
That God’s glory can be found in all things.

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