My name is Chris Cheeseman. My friends call me Chris or cheese. I’m a sophomore mechanical engineering major and I also have an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering. I spend the majority of my time working and attending classes but in my spare time I play guitar and hang out with friends. My dad is currently fulfilling his lifetime dream of sailing to different parts of the world on a sailboat that he restored himself.
I spent about fifteen minutes deciding who I wanted to write my poem to/about. In the end I decided to write it about a few of my buddies that I used to be in a band with. I’m not much of a writer so the greatest challenge was just composing the poem in general. More specifically, it was difficult to make the different elements flow together. I suppose it turned out alright considering the fact that I didn’t have very high hopes for it to begin with.
So far, my favorite profile from Holding On has been Moreese Bickham. I can’t really say that I connect with him or his profile considering that he is in prison for life, but I guess I was just inspired by his ability to think positively despite all that has happened to him. He has a remarkable sense of hope and faith although one wouldn’t expect him to. One passage that really shows this is on page thirty-seven:
"See, we can't hurry the Lord--He got his own set time to do what He gonna do. I might be too old to walk, or might not be worth anything, but I'm goin' to get outta this. I been lookin' forward to that day for a long time. I believe its gonna come. I hope so."