“The Poet’s Corner” with Gary Edward Geraci
I began creative writing in the digital world in 2006 in response to what I believed to have been the blacklisting of my career for failing to bend residential property appraisal rules. I had suffered a steady decrease in business and an increase in personal problems, losing my marriage, home, and reputation within the span of several months. Blog writing was therapeutic and productive, allowing me to move on and make important connections. I was also in the middle of a protracted legal battle, one that I had to file alone (I could not find any legal representation), with a ridiculously large, international, mortgage lending company and their team of attorney’s. In 2008, the entire mortgage banking industry hemorrhaged from within. In 2013, I received a degree of vindication when a young, PhD candidate, Ms. Weghmann, called me from the Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York to interview me. She had learned of my case while interviewing Rachel, a mortgage broker whom had also suffered at the hands of the lending industry, whom I had previously met through my blog. Consequently, I was one of fourteen whom participated in the research project titled: “Discerning Moral Acts of Courage in the Financial Sector: An Inquiry Into the Whistleblowing Experience” by Katharina Maria Eleonore Weghmann; now Dr. Weghmann. I write this poem in a lyric form called “ghazal” of which I follow rather tightly except for the “Mahkta” - where the poet signs his name in the final couplet. I did this signing, rather loosely, in my Halloween poem “Dressed as a narcissistic”. My poem is about predation, moral failure, sacrifice and spiritual awakening; enjoy.