Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

Mike Finley Poems

1. Living Without Friends 2/28/2006
2. Be A Better Poet 4/2/2006
3. The Spot 4/23/2006
4. A Prayer For Truth 4/24/2006
5. A Prayer At Planting Time 4/26/2006
6. Gise Pedersen Sets Me Straight On A Matter Of Natural History 3/4/2006
7. Moab 3/5/2006
8. When We Are Gone 3/5/2006
9. Lullabye 3/9/2006
10. Your Human Being 2/28/2006
11. Witnesses 2/28/2006
12. Horses Work Hard 3/6/2006
13. The Dogs Of Madison Square 3/8/2006
14. Embarrass 5/18/2006
15. Icky 5/18/2006
16. Landing In Las Vegas 5/18/2006
17. Traffic Stopper 5/18/2006
18. Little Bighorn 5/23/2006
19. The Toggle Switch 5/24/2006
20. My Darling Serpentine 5/25/2006
21. Return Of The Non-Native 5/26/2006
22. On A Bridge 5/26/2006
23. Pointless 5/27/2006
24. The Jeffers Petroglyphs 5/27/2006
25. Rosary 5/27/2006
26. Forty Below 5/27/2006
27. Rustic 5/27/2006
28. In Kansas 5/27/2006
29. Poetry 5/29/2006
30. Perspective 5/31/2006
31. Mescal Has Steamboat Run With Thedogs 5/31/2006
32. Sergeant Ernesto Gallegos Abolishes Higher Rank 5/31/2006
33. Bernal Diaz At Prayer Before The Massacre,1519 5/31/2006
34. Sleeping On My Hands 2/28/2006
35. A Prayer For Redefinition 4/27/2006
36. Garfunkel 2/20/2008
37. Shampoo 2/20/2008
38. Sometimes The Soul Will Hotfoot It Away 2/22/2008
39. The Soul Loves The World More Than You Know 2/25/2008
40. To The Soul Every Day Is The Sabbath 2/26/2008

Comments about Mike Finley

  • Goldy Locks (6/25/2006 8:23:00 PM)

    Finley, where have you bin?

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    You are a breath of fresh air, Mike, a welcome addition to our little dysfunctional family. From the poetry of yours that I have read, I am quite impressed with you as a word artist. Your sense of humor and devil-may-care attitude about critics or self-proclaimed experts is fun to play with. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Michael Shepherd (5/20/2006 6:38:00 AM)

    Mike, I tried to find words to express what your poems mean to me...

  • ***** ********* (5/20/2006 4:48:00 AM)

    You have shamed me Mike! You have made me laugh, you have made me think more than twice. You have chastised me for many a vice, but you have also always been nice. I have been slight in my comments of your work, because there are so many of my subjects to spead myself amongst, but you are a poet of fine imagery and insight, stretching back through a long and successful career. You are a fair and fine man and an inspiration to all who read you. Is that ok? lol Grinning at you, Tai

Best Poem of Mike Finley

A Prayer For Resilience

As the mountain hungers to be made flat
So I burn for your salvation.

Help me to forgive the airplanes
strafing me on the skyscraper.

The centipedes in the pillowcase
know not what they do.

Spread open my chest with a spring-clamp
And let my heartbeat keep my time.

These trembling hands want work.
These clapping lips want song.

To you I lift a styrofoam cup.
Pile on, dear God, pile on!


Read the full of A Prayer For Resilience

Sleeping On My Hands

I sleep on my hands every night.
As I pull the covers around me
and prepare to let go,
first on my right side,
then on my left,
I bunch both hands under the pillows,
holding my head up through the night.

My head must need to be held up so,

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