Author & Poet exploring the strength in vulnerability and the vulnerability in strength…

Recently while looking for a way to address my waning ability to focus, I remembered a presentation on ways to get back on track when one’s writing suffers I’d been asked to give a few years ago. I dug through my files and found it. As I read it, I…

Smith Rock, Oregon

Sometimes we’re going about life and all seems to be running smoothly. The bills are paid. Work is going well. There’s even a few dollars in the savings account. Family and friends are healthy and happy. Pets are doing well. We even have time to play. Life…

The Mask

One day
I put on a mask
To make you love me
Not because you asked
But because I feared
The look in your eyes
Disappointment, I believe it was
So I
Settled the mask into place
Tweaked it
Made it beautiful
Perfected it to make you happy
Created exactly what
Made you smile
Turned the look in your eye…

For much of my life, every time I let me out to play, work, or live, something went wrong. Someone would hurt me, or I would hurt someone. I’d lose a friend. I would disappoint someone. I’d see that look of judgment. Mostly though I ended up feeling like…

Meme — May 7, 2009-March 31, 2021

Me Me Me
(for Meme)

Your tiny face looked up
Introducing you not by name
But by attitude
You would not be forgotten
A week later you reminded us
You belonged in our home
And then you introduced yourself
To the kitten in my arms
Claimed him in your charming way
And home with us you both came.
This was…

(for Daddy)

Never one for idle hands
You created and built
A lifetime of memories and moments
You left behind a legacy
Of love and hard work
You handed your family
The callouses you earned
On hands never idle
Held to the very end
In love and understanding
Your hands building and rebuilding
Making the old new again
Seeing the puzzle of…

Here we are again… At the end of another year!

I had such big plans for 2020!

I really want to write some empowering, inspiring, hopeful words right now, but they’re not coming. They will come again but not today.

I have never been one to think the clock ticking…

I recently read I was thumbing through one day while reading — yeah, I was looking ahead — and came across Robert Frost and As I think about the world in which we currently live, I find myself drawn to A Collection of Poems by Robert Frost. It’s a…

Sometimes people are surprised to learn that I fit the description of a hillbilly, a person from a backwoods area (Mirriam-Webster Dictionary) because I’m not what people often expect a hillbilly to be. But I am.

I grew up on a farm in a “holler” in a small town in…

I stepped my toe into the surf
Knowing if you did the same
We’d be connected by
The water between us
The tears of yesterday
Salting the sea
That finds its way
To the inlets and outlets
To the beginnings and ends
To the shores of every country
Ebbing and flowing
Taking the grains of sand
Squishing around my toes away
And bringing…

TL Cooper

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