When I withhold desire
to sate the empty vase

is when I saunter
through the garden

a virtual arrangement
of flora on feet

on display
with my peers.

Selected byJordan Trethewey
Image credit:Lisa Li

Thomas J Strong Bio

I was born in St. Paul, Mn the oldest boy of ten children. I attended St. Marks grade school and St.Paul Central high school. After high school I tried attending college (3 times) but dropped out and spent 4-5 years traveling. I finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981, got married and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. I retired in 2017 and am working full time pursuing my muses.