The poems found inside these pages come from my life experience. They are varied, just as my life has been. Some are happy, some are sad, some are uplifting and some are dark. No matter whether they are happy or sad or fi lled with joy or pain, they are all true. No, not all of the subject matter are things I have gone through in my own life but I have always had the remarkable ability to empathize with others. Some of these poems are a direct result of me hearing other people talk about their experiences and me putting myself in their shoes. Even though I haven’t gone through some of this stuff myself, every single line on every single page is honest. It is all how I felt in those moments when I wrote them. The seed of creativity came to me from outside sources and I just had to let it grow into something powerful and beautiful. There is simply no better feeling in the world than to stand back and see what was created from a tiny seed of inspiration.