Bowling Green State Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest—Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)
Alma Mater Vol 2. Available March 3, 2015!

*Bowling Green*

There is something about the Bowling Green colors that cheer us forward as
BG Warriors.
With the Ohio spirit of the 1984 Hockey National Champions,
Our Falcons are patterns of work on ice revived to vibrant colors
Swapped on the BGSU Ice Arena like our Swamp Arts—
Orange and Brown is beautiful.
And like a freshman unconfident and diffident,
There is nothing like when beauty speaks to you.
School Cheer is our Language.
Dance is our interpretation.
The Effervescent BGSU Marching Band & Cheerleaders
Are examples of what rolls Bowling Green along to curling time’s stones
As Glassblowers of the unbending hourglass.
1910-Today
Is Our Class.
Together we have danced for over 100 years in an
Unforgettable dance marathon.
We unleash the rabid love for our school
like
Sic-Sic,
And together with the cheerleaders, marching band, athletes, and every member of our 300-plus student organizations,
The Orange and Brown run together—
Birds of a Feather.

If you’re from out of state,
you may ask,
“Why Falcons?”
But
If you’re from Bowling Green, Ohio…
Your colors will forever fly
Falcons

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Fierce Guardian

From Art of Mind II: All In

Fierce Guardian

*Fierce Guardian*

The wind blows on his dusty mane,
but this guardian remains still.
He has suffered wounds from battles from every predator and prowler this open jungle has seen, but he remains in wait — unfearing of another battle, for he will fight until his last dying breath…and regardless of the outcome —
You Will Remember He Was There.

He continues to lie in wait.
He will not hunt you down…but he
Will Not Be Your Prey.
He will protect his young, his legacy, and his territory…
and with weary eye and a feeble heart —
This land will bear the markings of a
Fierce Guardian.

Proceed at your own foolish risk.
You’ll only grant his last dying wish.


Painted by Judy Gilbert

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University of Dayton Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest—Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)
Alma Mater Vol 2. Available March 3, 2015!

*University of Dayton*

Welcome to Dayton, Ohio—where man learned to fly.
Where the Wrights gave aviation creation
With brotherly union reaped through the sky.
At UD, we propel this model
As the blueprint of communion since 1913—
Providing an outline for all Flyers to follow
When the boys of St. Mary rebuilt this city.
Overflowing the Great Miami River—
We showed true
Teamwork springs victory.
We victor in games scheduled in the UD Arena,
then
Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
In road stadiums, our Flyers shut it down:
Control, Alt, Delete.
We land in The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception,
Where every Flyer receives a reception
of ethos inspired beneath the cupola—
Teaching the value of population resurrection.
Every heart should fuse with the life of Brown Street,
And exhilarate on the trails of our river bikeways:
This beautiful earth must inherit the meek.
We are Catholic brothers and committed lay people,
A family devoted to include…
Not to judge, impose, or sway people.
Welcome to Dayton, Ohio,
Where a family spirit
Will greet you;
You must reach halfway to find a better community,

We are very pleased to meet you.

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Palms and Semi

From Art of Mind II: All In

Palms and Semi

*Palms and Semi*

Trespassing?
No:
I’m paving my own paradise.
I’m making my way through a rainbow field swirling in a tropical landscape:
Palm trees as high as my imagination can reach, supported by gold & strawberry red stems.
There are high translucent wires parallel to the trees.
They hang like telephone wires in a secluded woodland…and above it all is the clearest blue sky.
This makes me feel like Hawaii.
Now I want to go there next.
Or maybe Savannah, Georgia or down the road over to Miami.
This feeling is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been.
Feels like open air with only
Silk on the Skin.

I sit alone, only me and these palm trees.
I’m too inspired, and just like those cords
I’m too wired.

I must paint what I feel.
I can’t leave this all with me.

Left only with my paint and no paper… I begin to stroke…
I sure hope the owner of this Semi won’t mind…
It’s the only thing here…so it will have to do.

They too are probably wandering and taking this all in…
I’m sure he or she won’t mind.

These up and down strokes begin to blend with the setting,
but now I must take a step back
to look at nature’s work.

This scenery takes me away, so I may not return to my modified canvas…
I do believe the owner will not mind…
I’m sure that he or she will see the beauty of it, too.

Painted by Donna Marsh

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University of Cincinnati Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest—Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)
Alma Mater Vol 2. Available March 3, 2015!

*Cincinnati*

Don’t believe us when we say that the Red & Black triumphs in
The Big East,
Or that the Bearcats are
Academic Beasts;
Don’t believe that there is a magic in our stance
&
In our dance.
Or that our contributions have helped
America Advance.
No,
Don’t believe that the Cincy experience—
Is worth
Every Student Fee,
No, No, don’t take it from me,
Just come to UC—
&
You’ll see.

No, don’t believe that Cincinnati is the
Queen of the West,
And that when it comes to college charm,
We do it the best.
Ignore our Alma mater when we claim
We are a fountain of youth;
And a towering
Rock of Truth;
And don’t believe that when challenges rain—
The Red & Black Will Reign.
No, No, don’t take it from me,
Just come to UC—
&
You’ll see.
Don’t believe that the Cincy experience—
Is worth
Every Student Fee,
No, No, don’t take it from me,
Just come to UC—
&
You’ll see.
And once you arrive you’ll instantly know…
Then
I’ll say

I told you so.

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Give Up, Dude

From Art of Mind II: All In

*Give Up, Dude*

“Don’t Give Up.”
“Don’t Ever Back Out.”
Let’s just be honest:
You need to
Tap The Fuck Out.
Don’t stay in a battle
That you can never win,
It Takes Giving Up:
To Live to Fight Again.

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Miami University (Ohio) Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest—Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)
Alma Mater Vol 2. Available March 3, 2015!

*Miami University*

Oxford, where the cradle of light is coached
Beneath moons of rise and quiet change,
And mallows glisten from sunshine’s range,
Is the ground where the bricks of potential are poached
By quests of teachers & students encroached.
Gathered in quarried halls like MacCracken & Langstroth
Are RedHawks in flight like Katherine Rice,
The synchronized beams on earth & ice—
Miami is our light, we are the moths.
To this historic campus we pledge our troth.
Our Oxford,
Where the Hawks land Uptown
For fine city living to lay work on the edge;
This perch holds the enduring beauty of an amaranth
With teachers cultivating our growth year round,
Let the RedHawks sing with an everlasting sound:
Oxford,
My Love & Honor: I pledge.

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