Comprehend Yourself

Episode 21 · April 7th, 2023 · 1 hr 39 mins

About this Episode

In the summer of 1991, I nearly drown at Deer Creek Reservoir near Heber City, Utah. My poem, Comprehend Yourself, is a summary of that event, and in this episode of The Poet (delayed), Mechelle Wingle and I discuss that poem and its meaning and meanings.


I know,
As I floated above a watery grave -
alone and exhausted,
With no one aware and
No strength to deliver myself
That despite your worlds without number
With their countless inhabitants,
You knew
And delivered me.

I'd love to hear what you have to say about the episode including thoughts on the poetry and the topics that were discussed. You can email me at [email protected].

My first book of poetry, My Mother Sleeps, is availabe for purchase at

The King's English Bookshop


Holding my book at The King's English Bookshop

Cover Photo/header by Photo of the boy in the water by Noah Buscher on Unsplash