I’m that dead tree
standing sullen
in a secluded summer grove

waiting for winter
to make me indistinguishable
from my peers.

Selected byMaria Mazzenga
Image credit:LW Lindquist

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.