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The Calm In Clamor


is the simple girl

who commits to living

in a complicated world.

She's a pappus seed


in the asphalt crack

between double yellow lines

of rush hour

and still aspires

to flower.

THOMAS J STRONG was born in Saint Paul, MN, the oldest boy of 10 children. After high school he tried attending college (three times) but dropped out and spent four to five years traveling. He finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981. Thomas got married and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. He retired in 2017.


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