Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

Tom J. Mariani Poems

41. Barry Bonds Indicted-More News At 11 And Ad. Inf. 11/15/2007
42. Steroids Era And The Mitchell Report 12/14/2007
43. The Cheese Stands Alone 8/19/2008
44. Where Are They Now? 11/10/2012
45. Time For Thanks And Giving 11/19/2012
46. What I Miss 11/19/2012
47. Legs 11/19/2012
48. Send In The Clowns 11/20/2012
49. One Way In - No Way Out 11/28/2012
50. Possible Suspect 12/5/2012
51. Somehing Between Us 1/3/2013
52. Burdened 3/31/2013
53. Just A Few Things I Don'T Like About Writing Poetry 11/12/2007
54. It May Not Seem Fair 11/12/2007
55. What Have They Done To The San Francisco Bay? 11/12/2007
56. Surprise Before Christmas 11/13/2007
57. Two Found Poems In 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' 10/16/2007
58. Norman Mailer 1-31-23 To 11-10-07 11/11/2007
59. In His Day 11/13/2007
60. Is It Only In California? 11/24/2007
61. A Striking Pose 10/27/2007
62. Thank God You Don'T Have To Be An Ophthalmologist To Write Poetry 10/15/2007
63. 2008: We Don'T Have All The Answers 3/13/2008
64. Soccer: My Best Foot Too Far Forward 11/2/2007
65. Evel Knievel' S Last Ride 11/30/2007
66. Can You Hook Me Up? 12/3/2007
67. This Is No Fish Story 11/27/2007
68. Christmas Lesson 2008 12/6/2007
69. Sights And Sounds Of Christmas 12/6/2007
70. Coffee Choices Taken For Granted 12/29/2007
71. Spent My Youth In An Alley 11/16/2007
72. Thank God For Horses That Talk To Me 11/17/2007
73. No Mandatory Rhymes Or Reason 11/6/2007
74. First Trip To The Ranch 11/9/2007
75. Thought Frost Could Not Surprise Me 11/14/2007
76. Working Out Of A Corner Office 10/29/2007
77. Like Shooting Stars 11/4/2007
78. Einstein Before His Was Einstein 10/15/2007
79. Crowded 10/5/2007
80. The Lamp 10/5/2007

Comments about Tom J. Mariani

  • Carol Rhodes (2/19/2008 8:14:00 PM)

    TOM, YOU ARE A HECK OF A PROLIFIC DEDICATED WRITER. ALL THE MORE REASON TO APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHTFUL, KIND, CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS RE MY THREE SUBMITTED POEMS. SUCH POSITIVE REASSURING WORDS FROM YOU, SIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU'VE ENCOURAGED ME TO BE A BIT MORE SERIOUS ABOUT MY 'WORDS' AND EFFORT.

    READ QUITE A FEW OF YOUR POEMS AND AM TRULY IMPRESSED. WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TO THE LAST ONE. MY WARMEST REGARDS FLY YOUR WAY, CAROL RHODES

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  • Miss Fairytale (11/28/2007 10:09:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for your comments and for reading my pieces.
    You can see more at fairytale-heart.deviantart.com if you would like.

    x

  • Barbara Haskell (11/26/2007 1:31:00 PM)

    A striking poem, Tom.

Best Poem of Tom J. Mariani

1968 Talking About The Revolution

I took off my glasses
that I might see
I took off my shoes
that I might be

The one I was in search of
The one I never had
The one that by finding
I would be so glad

I took off my watch
so I wouldn't know the time
I took off to nature
hoping to find the sign

The one I was in search of
The one I never had
The one that by finding
I would be so glad

I started to take of my clothes
I thought the last distraction
Then luckily I realized - - -
This is just a poem- - - an abstraction

Read the full of 1968 Talking About The Revolution

The Lamp

Writing poetry is like rubbing an old lamp.
At first all you're trying to do is get
the dust off, see what you've got a hold of and
what the lamp is made of.

Once the smoke starts to rise and the Genie
begins to appear, you sense the magic
without knowing what direction it will take you,
or the reader.

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