Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

Mike Finley Poems

81. Is There Nascar In Heaven? 5/15/2006
82. Age 5/14/2006
83. The Soul Stands Watch 2/28/2008
84. In Kansas 5/27/2006
85. Forty Below 5/27/2006
86. Horses Work Hard 3/6/2006
87. The Toggle Switch 5/24/2006
88. My Darling Serpentine 5/25/2006
89. The Poem Hunter 3/5/2006
90. The Soul Thinks You Belong To It 3/4/2008
91. The Master's Hand 4/1/2008
92. ~god Must Love Crazy People 12/17/2008
93. The Clarinet Is A Difficult Instrument 5/31/2006
94. Flying Dumbos 5/18/2006
95. A Prayer In Defiance Of Grief 4/30/2006
96. Living Without Friends 2/28/2006
97. The Spot 4/23/2006
98. A Prayer For Truth 4/24/2006
99. Prayer Of Thomas Merton (Rewrite) 5/1/2006
100. A Prayer At Planting Time 4/26/2006
101. Poetry 5/29/2006
102. Rustic 5/27/2006
103. A Prayer For Resilience 4/30/2006
104. Proof Of God 3/5/2006
105. Alien Abduction 2/28/2006
106. A Prayer For Redefinition 4/27/2006
107. The Sugar House 10/2/2006
108. A Prayer Against Pride 4/28/2006
109. Be A Better Poet 4/2/2006
110. Denis Joe 5/4/2006
111. A Prayer For Poets 4/27/2006

Comments about Mike Finley

  • Cheryl Grussing (5/18/2018 1:34:00 AM)

    Hats off to you for your many avenues of writing.

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

    Finley, where have you bin?

  • THE LAST REMNANT OF SANITY BIDS YOU ADIEU (5/20/2006 12:07:00 PM)

    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 Poets

Let a thing be what we say it is,
if a donkey is eating corn
let the donkey not be an allegory
nor the corn a corn byproduct.

Let us not despise readers
for not 'getting us'
when we did nothing to let them in,
and everything to keep them out.

Let every offering be a gift,
first from you and then from us.
Let 'Let this serve you well'
be both credo and apologia.

Do not let us fall down
the well of our awareness.
Neither let us feel special
Just because we hear music.

Lead us not into obscurity,
and deliver us from ...

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The Spot

Stars, ignore the crimes occurring
like catfights under the windows.

Sometimes we're ashamed
of what goes on in the alley,
the things we overturn
and track into the house.
If we were cats we'd know
when to move on.

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