Throughout life, people experience ups and downs. There is birth, love, and death. The basics of life. We must also accept there are memories, good and bad. Happy and pain that should always find balance and that is what life is about. Trial and reward. Happiness and heartache. Remembering to laugh even in the ugly, just living is the reward in its self. I have experienced ups and downs, no different from anyone else. These poems and short stories are ones I have written throughout my life. I hope you can relate to them.