A Scholarly Gentleman


One of my best friends is celebrating his birthday soon and I wanted to do something special for him. Niles and I go way back and we’ve been seen some (insert curse word here) Twelve years of friendship and our bond just grows stronger.

This is my tribute to a gentleman with a lovely creative soul. Niles, thanks for being you and always getting me. Love, respect and snark always.

“The Gentleman Writer”

Seemingly readable and uncomplicated 
Underneath he burns like the red sun. 

Unruly ghosts tapdance in his head 
He orders them in poetic verse

Laying claim to a writer’s vocation 
Here his imploded dreams come to fruition 

He spins his hope into a July moon 
Ink becomes his salvation.
as he basks in the white heat
moments of no sound.

Knowing words are a gift
His fingers loosen the bow.

-Tosha Michelle

Listen to For Good by Tosha Michelle 2020 #np on #SoundCloud

Happy birthday, sir

May the
be plentiful.

always win


find her way to your door.


70 thoughts on “A Scholarly Gentleman

  1. Haha, we’ve definitely been through some stuff. One of the things I love most about my birthday is sharing it with loved ones. Thanks for being my friend, Tosha, and for letting me be yours. Beautiful poem and song. Here’s to many more years of friendship and fun. Lots of love. xo

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  2. A wonderful gesture for your friend! (But there is no way I am cheering for Arsenal!! hehehehe)
    May your week ahead be a magical one with the ones you love.
    Dajena 🙂 🙂

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  3. Tosha, what a beautiful tribute to your friend, Niles. I can tell that you two are great friends indeed. Lovely song, too. And btw: love the new “look” of your blog!


      1. Ah, those WP gremlins! The WP rep I spoke to said that’s probably what was happening (my comments going into spam folders; hell, maybe that’s where they belong, lol). Anyhoo, glad you “found me,” thank you! Wishing you a delightful Sunday 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome. If you have a slot I am interested in coming back on your show when I deal with stuff at home as I am moving and unsure of exactly when and where.

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      2. OK, I will when I am settled. I am pulling out pieces for my first two books. I have to talk to Amazon as I have a question and Apple regarding using the cam as a mic, it is good and how to upload in the next day or two. I am holding off surgery knowing I may be moving all I own by myself. But I will keep you advised. Despite the bad couple of weeks I have had some nice days here:)


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