The doctors say I have a fatal, incurable disease. So I have collected many of my poems from 1990 to 2004 in this book, and self-published it. Now I can have a nicely-bound copy, and my kids can look at my stuff when they're grown up and perhaps curious about me. The disease is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Some of these poems have been published in various places over the years.