~ The Whip-poet ~
Darren M. Grine
Darren M. Grine is
a native of Colorado. He is a twice graduate of Pueblo Community College
(1983-A.A.S. & 1993-State Certificate) and from Colorado State
University-Pueblo (2005-cum laude) where he attained his B.S. Degree in Exercise Science, Health
Promotion and Recreation (EXHPR) with a Minor in Education (K-12).
the awards Darren received include, a Certificate of Recognition from The
Writing Across the Curriculum Task Force and Southern Colorado Teacher
Education Alliance for Commendable Achievement in 2004 and the Capps
Capozzolo Award For Academic Excellence in 2005.
His hobbies include mountain biking,
hiking, billiards, driving his Camaros, and watching his favorite sporting events of the NFL, NBA, and NHRA.
He got his first
Whippet Winston on a cold day in January of 1982. Winston was wild and a free
spirit and he lived life to the fullest. He loved going for rides in the car and
truck and playing tricks on family members and friends. Winston loved to eat and
was always looking for tasty treats. His zest for life and Whippet extreme
inspired Darren to write whippet poetry. Winston lived to be 16 years young and
he will never be forgotten.
The house was so
empty after Winston's passing that Darren got a new Whippet in April of 1998,
whom he named Wesley. Wesley is from Ohio and was flown to Colorado. Wesley is
mild mannered and has a demeanor that of a royal crown prince. He is very
sophisticated and very photogenic. Both of his parents were show dogs and the
character is definitely displayed in his disposition and stature. Darren has and
had the privilege of experiencing the mild to wild side of Whippets. He enjoys
writing poems about his Whippets because of their winsome and whimsical
Darren also writes
poems about his other dogs, nature (birds), and his Native American culture.
Many of his Whippet poems have been published in Mary Magee's Whippet Watch
Magazine and some of his other poems have been published in newspapers and
journals. You can find his poetry available on several online websites.
on poetry are: "Poetry enriches the human spirit, it can bring a smile, it can
make you sad, or it will make you laugh, it can soothe your heart's desire, and
most importantly, it can give you closure". Darren feels that he captures the
essence of Whippets in his poetry.