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.