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St. Cloud State University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)

*St. Cloud State University*

It is a Husky Day in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Neighboring the Beaver Islands, our school spirit is supported by a
Blizzard
of red and black
that twists with our Huskies in a Minnesota snowstorm…
The origins of which can be traced back to
Mainstreet—
Where the Huskies
First meet;
Now the force has progressed in a
St. Cloud City Parade and in a
Lemonade Concert with crafts made of our wild spirits
and then our wild spirits makes its craft out of hockey
in the National Hockey Center.

Then the craft goes wild.

Cheering on Olympians like Bret Hedican and WCHA Player of the Year, Drew LeBlanc, our Hockey represents the Husky tradition:
We are up for any challenge.
Engage the world by challenging yourself….
Just because life is bigger than you,
Doesn’t mean you can’t take it on.

At St. Cloud you are given real-world education so that you are equipped for this ongoing fight…

Education for Life.

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Imagine

From Art of Mind II: All In

*Imagine*

I see an Iris Blossom,
Instead of a
Venus Flytrap.
I capture a Meteoric Rise,
Instead of
Hanging on a falling star.
I already feel Sunbursts,
Instead of
Solar Winds.
I notice a New Moon,
Instead of
Paralyzing Gravity.
I marvel at a Green Ray,
Instead of Running from
A Thundercloud.
I refresh at First Light,
Instead of remaining with Twilight.
I imagine the South Pacific —
Instead of a
Frozen Lagoon.
I imagine Fair View Mountain,
Instead of another
Continental Slope.
I imagine parachuting Snow Mist,
Instead of a
Tumbling Avalanche.
I imagine casing a Sapphire,
Instead of
Pawning a Pinchbeck Pearl.

Now Imagine how I’d feel if it became a reality.

Don’t listen to the cynics and pessimists,
I’d change quite a bit for you…
I’d get on up off this bed,
And earn a King’s Ransom to lay our heads.
I don’t know what the future holds,
I doubt you’ll even know my full thoughts,
I’m just saying that if you Did have me —
You’d change quite a few of my faults.
These cynics say that women make the mistake —
Of thinking they can change a man…
I’ve made enough mistakes for us both,
So trust me when I say that you can.

If they are referring to thugs and criminals,
And I should ever convert to that type:
I’d soon match your white — and quickly shed old stripes.

They keep on giving that advice,
But think again before you
Take it as True…
These People — They Don’t Know Me,
And they Sure as Hell must not know You.

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The Time for Summer Reading is Officially Here!

Happy Saturday!

This week on the website, the schools Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State, and Michigan State University were featured from the Alma Mater series. And from Art of Mind II, the poems “Apologizing for Defacing Angels” and “Scenic View” were featured. And I would like to thank everyone for the positive feedback on those two pieces. If you haven’t already, stop in for a visit and check out the poems of the week as well as the many other poems shared in the site archive. And, as a reminder, Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest, which is currently featured in the June issue of Kirkus Reviews magazine, is available for only 99 cents. Get your copy by clicking the link below. Also, if you come across a poem of a university that a friend attended, please share to help spread the word, as they are the primary audience of the series. Thanks for all the support, and everyone have a great first “official” weekend of summer!

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Scenic View

From Art of Mind II: All In

*Scenic View*

I won’t be getting too far,
All your signs have made that clear.
I’m telling myself to pump the brakes, but
I just want to look a little bit longer.

I’m taking in clouds of rippled islands floating above wide open pineries and mellow-high forests with trees & leaves as green as Irish cress. Clear postmeridian sunshine belight my path like candle-light in a dead cave. I see beyond the fact that we’re going nowhere. I see beauty. Deep, Natural Beauty.

Pull over, let me look at you.

I’m not stopping,
But I’m not ready to move on.

Stop running, let me look at you.

Let me take in sky-honey fantasies with rolled down windows on either side of me. Slick Breezes skip on my skin…they groove my jagged edges to a better place — at a slow pace. I’m easing down this one-way street because I already know what’s waiting for me on the other side. Which is why as you’re avoiding looking at your latest roadkill that you never meant to hurt, I’m looking right at your cool western hills. I’m tired of trying to climb the insurmountable. I’ll just park right here and stare in admiration. It was a nice day out, but now it just got beautiful. This lonely road is now beaconed in gold — from a sun that shines all-throughout you.

This road is going Nowhere,
When I had hoped
It would lead to you…
I’m still going down this
Dead End Street:
Because I’m Enjoying the
Scenic View.

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Ferris State University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)

*Ferris State University*

Woodbridge Nathan Ferris founded this school so that our students can graduate with promise fulfilled and a handed-down oath to endeavor to continue educating Michigan.
Renovated guides of learning who have mastered in our campus’ green spaces; and these small-town renovations will tour this world to see their own innovations.
From the tutelage of Nathan Ferris we have learned to neither be optimists nor pessimists, but meliorists who have learned that in this modern age: Time and distance indeed have been annihilated, and
Since there is less progress to be made,
There’s all the more progress to be made.
We must journey together as savages of mental hunger,

Ravenous Dogs

Feeding on the crimson sunsets of Big Rapids
with mellow gold beauty along the White Pine Trails.
Taking the Riverwalk to stroll aside the oblique currents of the
crisp Muskegon River.
This is nature at its finest, and Ferris State University’s finest
can meet in this security with all of Michigan and beyond—
And tour again in the wonders of our imaginations,
then recollect
to
Imagine More.

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Apologizing for Defacing Angels

From Art of Mind II: All In

*Apologizing for Defacing Angels*

I’m sorry,
I thought it was the
Heart of a Dove
and the
touch of lax linen
That makes an angel.
I’m sorry,
I still say that Angels
have an Inner Grace
that goes Much Deeper
than the face.

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