If we write from the heart, we expose ourselves. In our nakedness we risk shocking or hurting others who may like us based on our facades. I apologize to any whom I may offend or sadden.
A few of the poems were motivated by anger. But writing them was good therapy. By spilling my hostile feelings into the container of a poem, I promoted healing. An example of a hostile poem is “Cabbage.” I had a person in mind when I wrote these lines. Also, “Independence” is a reaction against confines which sometimes coerce and irritate me.
Some of the poems, like “Grease” and “Dream My Life Away,” are filled with rhetorical irony. I also write about the LDS culture. Finally, a few poems reflect my love for the earth with all its various beauties. Though all the poems, I strive to be candid and sincere. I write from the heart. As you read, perhaps you may feel it beating.