Many of the poems in this book come from the dark corners of my heart. By giving verbal form to these ideas I hope to be able to at least look at them if not actually confront and diminish them. They reflect many of my regrets, sadness, disappointments (often in myself), and perceptions of the world in which I live. If any reader can identify with some of these ideas, then he or she will know that he or she is not alone. That in itself would make the poems purposeful. In my efforts to become a better human being, I have come across Buddhism. The Buddhist core values of compassion, equanimity, and kindness are exactly what I have needed. Readers will find reflections of my religious beliefs in a number of these works. Poems rattle around in my mind, sometimes for weeks, until I have NO choice but to let them out. Many of these poems are organic. I am not clear on the form they will take until I actually sit down to write. Others are attempts to use form, meter, and rhyme, whatever feels right. These lyrics give voice to my inner demons, and allow me to share them with the world. So I send them out, hoping that they may bring someone insight or relief.