When I first started writing poetry at 16, I never intended to write a book. Writing poetry for me was over a girl. Then it turned into more of a biography of my own life, such as a snapshot of that moment in time.When I was feeling in love, I wrote poems about love, and also those more depressing moments that come with heartbreak and loneliness. Poetry became a method of therapy at first, but as I experienced different moments in life through the military, traveling, marriage, children, and divorce, I have grown through the years and so has my poetry. Writing was something I knew I could do, and for some reason I was able to express myself through words. It was a way I was able to escape from reality, by expressing myself in poetry. Many poems have been lost over the years, but for the most part, this poetry collection is still a very close representation of my personal life and all its Tears, Wishes, and Dreams.