I didn’t get the job
cuz I wasn’t who
they expected.

I didn’t sell the painting
cuz it didn’t fit
their frames.

I wasn’t promised heaven
cuz I didn’t concede
being born in sin.

I couldn’t handle
the shame
so I changed

met expectations
trimmed the painting
declared myself a sinner.

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Thomas J Strong Bio

I was born in St. Paul, Mn the oldest boy of ten children. I attended St. Marks grade school and St.Paul Central high school. After high school I tried attending college (3 times) but dropped out and spent 4-5 years traveling. I finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981, got married and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. I retired in 2017 and am working full time pursuing my muses.