Ryan Mentock

An Incomprehensive Catalog of Things I've Made and Words I've Written.

Author: ryanmentock

  • Presidential Inauguration Poem for Donald J. Trump

    When I found out President-elect Trump did not have a poet laureate for his inauguration today, I thought it would be nice to write a poem for him. I really wanted to capture the true Trump creative spirit, so I copied lines from the first five inauguration poems and put them together into one poem….

  • Why I (Still) Have a Beard

    I started growing a beard on October 30, 2013, just a couple weeks after I learned that my Grampa Ray was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had first heard about the concept for No-Shave November the year before and wanted to do something for him. No-Shave November is “a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming…

  • A Letter to My Son: 1 Year Later

    Calvin, I had this entire thing planned out in my head before I sat down to write to you. I have thought about what I’d write to you in this letter for a whole year, minus the two days it took me to realize we’d be coming home from the hospital without you. And now…

  • A Letter to My Son

    A LETTER TO MY SON We left the house at 8:23am on Tuesday, August 25 to go to your appointment. They were just going to do a routine ultrasound to make sure you were still growing, just as they had done a few times before. I remember the first ultrasound and how excited and nervous…