I Am

The sum of my experiences

Rusty Alderson
3 min readAug 19, 2019


Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

I am from gentle women with a soft touch
Women who wrestled with weak men
Women whose spirit and vision
Rose above anger and jealousy to anchor my faith

I am from the weak men
Who let their ego and hubris
Determine their actions as they
Heard a relentless drumbeat
Of worthlessness, never “getting a break”

I am from the kindness of strangers
Strangely more kind than family

Image by Koltrein from Pixabay

I am from the curiosity of cats
And the obsequious groveling of dogs
A feline affinity with a canine psychosis

From a worship of nature and a
fascination with the sky
And all things in it

Image by ArtTower from Pixabay



Rusty Alderson

Retired technologist — eschewing cubicles; habitual observer; perpetual student; philosopher; poet; essayist; advocate for nature and wilderness.