Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

Mike Finley Poems

1. Denis Joe 5/4/2006
2. A Prayer For Poets 4/27/2006
3. Be a Better Poet 4/2/2006
4. A Prayer Against Pride 4/28/2006
5. The Sugar House 10/2/2006
6. A Prayer for Redefinition 4/27/2006
7. Proof of God 3/5/2006
8. Rustic 5/27/2006
9. Poetry 5/29/2006
10. A Prayer at Planting Time 4/26/2006
11. A Prayer For Resilience 4/30/2006
12. Prayer of Thomas Merton (Rewrite) 5/1/2006
13. A Prayer in Defiance of Grief 4/30/2006
14. Living Without Friends 2/28/2006
15. The Spot 4/23/2006
16. A Prayer for Truth 4/24/2006
17. Alien Abduction 2/28/2006
18. The Clarinet Is a Difficult Instrument 5/31/2006
19. Flying Dumbos 5/18/2006
20. Age 5/14/2006

Living Without Friends

You told yourself you could do this without them
If you had their help it would undo the purpose
Recused yourself from the argument at hand
And folded into quietness there

You proceeded to suffer for a time
At your hunger and your loneliness
At the nothing there that swallowed you like a bug
And weeping nights from leaving them behind

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