EASTCHESTER, N.Y. If poet Michael Falotico looks familiar, it might be because he has been a member of the Eastchester Parks Department for the last 25 years.
"If anyone would have told me that I would write poems and have a book of poetry written, I would have laughed," Falotico said. "I would say I am a huge football and baseball fan, I play golf and I love the Beatles, not poetry.
Most days, Falotico can be found in his town pick-up truck, in fact he was in the truck the day he got the news that he could add the title of published poet to his list of accomplishments.
"I just started to smile," Falotico recalls. "I could not believe this incredible journey."
The journey from park worker, to park worker and poet began in December 2009, when Falotico had to take leave from his job in the Town of Eastchester due to a torn rotator cuff. Falotico wound up waiting until February 2010 for his surgery.
"It was a tough rehab," Falotico said. "I had to learn to move my arm around all over again."
During his recovery, when he was not exercising, Falotico went on a cleaning spree to keep busy during the days while his wife Rosanna was at work.
"I unearthed some old song lyrics I wrote, and I spoke to my brother and he suggested poetry," he said.
Falotico joined a poetry writing website called Poetrysoup and started to contribute. Within months he wrote 500 poems, which drew the attention of a publisher.
"They contacted me and gave me 10 days to put together a book proposal with about 70 poems," Falotico said.
His book of poetry, "A Walk Through Time," which came out last month, is available at PublishAmerica and will be available at Barnes and Noble within the next few months.
Falotico has continued his writings and has written more than 200 poems since the book.
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