Poetry has played an important role in my life since the age of five (forty-one years ago) , when I wrote my first poem:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Nothin' like having
A mom like you.

Hardly an epic, but it set a course.

I currently (2011) teach 3rd grade at a suburban Detroit public elementary school, where I work diligently to instill in my students an appreciation of the beauty of language and the benefits of writing various forms of poetry for both personal expression and enjoyment.

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H. Rand Swansey Poems

Reminders

At first, the telltale signs were few and inconsistent-
a momentary shortness of breath; a dry, unproductive cough;
quick, stabbing pains like split-second jolts of electricity-
nothing to indicate the destruction developing inside his chest.... more »

I Dream Of A Wood

I dream of a wood
where the white birches grow,
where my steps, as I wander,
become shortened and slow;... more »

Cowlick

You arrived like a cowlick
an unruly shock of childhood rising petulantly,
denying the comb, refusing to be tamed.... more »

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