Illinois State University Poem

From Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest. Available Now!

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*Illinois State University*

RED ALERT!
There is a Big Impact coming from the Midwest,
Redbirds of Illinois with rising crests,
Colors Brilliant and Robust ascend from the nest,
Go, You Redbirds: Crash through the tests!
Impact America with wisdom profound,
Teachers of America stand and resound:
“We are Mighty Redbirds—Elevated from the Ground,”
Now guiding nestlings to find their own sound.
The biggest impacts aren’t grounded—they’re found in flight,
Through spaces of Willow, Cherry—all night,
Intoxicated by the throated altitude of life,
With watershed collisions of growth in sight.

MAYDAY!
Illinois’ first public university is still
Making impact with smiling bills,
Because even in flight there are spills & rills,
But arising from plummets and calamity—
We Will.
With open arms let’s guide the birds that badly
Want to guide others to their futures but sadly
Can’t always open up, so like Doors—Love them Madly,
Will Illinois State help you out the nest?
Gladly.

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The Strength of A Man

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AOM I

*The Strength of a Man*

We are supposed to have
Strength.
The strength to steal hearts
Right from the Owner’s Chest.
The Strength to evoke
The Power of Love.
The strength to
Build roads, towers, and
Scaffolds…
The strength to leave
The elderly, and our women and children
Baffled.
We are supposed to have the
Strength
To mold, shape and create…
The strength to make and provide,
and keep our families safe.
I am just A Man.
If I could be more strong —
I’d build a life for us,
It wouldn’t even take long —
I just need these roadblocks gone.
If I had the strength
to clear all They put in our way,
And leave just me and you,
I wouldn’t have to say:
I am just A Man.

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Northern Illinois University Poem

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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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Stranger of Tomorrow

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AOM I

*Stranger of Tomorrow*

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

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All the While

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*All the While*

While you were making friends,
I was in my Den.
While you were having fun,
My work had just begun.
While you were on your dates,
I was working late.
While you were “tapping asses,”
I was mapping classics.
While you made a family,
I made a biography.
While you were in Love,
I chose to Write…
&
While I have your time:
I was wrong. You were Right.

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Illinois Tech Poem

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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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Flip the Switch

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*Flip the Switch*

When I walked into your illuminating room,
My eyes correlated the Brightness
It may have been this two-fold Ray,
That caused me to be so blind
Rendered Dim,
I was unable to
look any further
The room remained blissful
Still
The only charge was
Ignorance
When I dared walk
to the broader side,
I knew I might gain
Some Insight
Though I was reluctant to see the light,
this was the only way
to shed some on You
I decided to become your company,
even if risking
overstaying my welcome.

The room is undeniably bright,
for my eyes can only be so wrong,
But as your ray shined
down on others,
I found myself
In the Shade.

This light once as beaming
As the Heavens—
Now flickers like a
Domestic Watt,
After being upon
The cold, cold Shade,
I could now clearly see:
This room — while
Open for Others,
Was Closed Off to Me.

She may have set
The Conditions—
but I would leave on
My Own Terms:
I may not be the
Brightest Bulb,
but I too can shade
My Pitch…
Before I left the room,
I was sure to
Flip the Switch.

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