In 2013, Michael joined the UTSPS Write On Chapter lead by Cindy Bechtold which helped teach him to develop and grow more as a poet. In honor of the teachers, mentors, and friends he's gained along this journey, he wants to share a quote from one of his poet-mothers, Annie Finch. In her poem dedicated to Emily Dickinson, she writes: “I take from you, as you take me apart.” Michael says..."I, too, feel this way about those who I have taken from. I continue to hold a piece of each of you in my heart; you are part of my experience and your influence is in my work. For that, I’m infinitely grateful. I look forward to the next roads ahead." Michael has joined our new online group Hinterland Poets organized by Margaret Pettis.
WHEN YOU FEEL YOURSELF LACKING
grow roots like the oakplant your roots in that place you know ―the making of the singular morningthe flurry of life under the sun's long roador the sorrow in the passing and letting goof that beloved day you will never see againI like to believe that you would stretch yourself widerfeel the things you most desire ―the soul of the spirited breezethe rage of the temerarious stormthe curling 'round the circumferenceof the robin's newly inhabited nestif you want to imbue the serenity of the starsthen imagine radiating clear lightif it is a harvest you are yearning to bethen by all means be a bounteous treethere is something alive when I say this, like it isthe birth of meaningthe re-creation of firethat newly celebrated equation that provesinfinityyes, there is something more alive in methere is a well-traveled path, a widening roadthere is a well-lit horizon, and the wide house of the sunand I am walking into its heart
— A version of this poem first appeared in PoetsArtists, December 201