''It took me a while but I'm finally here!''
At the age of five Travis found his passion for poetry through a classroom assignment given by his teacher in 5th grade. This is where he wrote his first poem! The journey began from there. At the age of six with the help from his PhD, ACSW Coordinator Lori Wiener, Travis became more passionate about his poetry and soon after that, the words just came to him ''it was like someone was telling him what to write”.
Even though Travis’s life is filled with his poetry, his life plan was to become a police officer. Travis loves reading his poems for his friends & his friends like to hear them as they are true and caring friends. They are inspired by the Poetry that he writes. The power of Poetry helps Travis through the rough times, but he always stays positive and gives a smile to world. Travis loves school and is passionate about learning, through hard work and perseverance he worked hard and kept his mind focused on the future.
There are hardships to being a young man living with HIV. Even when he was picked on, talked about, and even beat down, poetry was the way he coped with the struggles he faced in life. With a strong mind, heart & spirit Travis stepped out of school as a poet who helped others through his words of inspiration. With a dream to inspire others, this book is his way to share his thoughts and feelings with the rest of the world. Hands of Freedom is the fulfillment of Travis’s dream to be a true poet and to give the world the Hands of Freedom that it needs.
May God bless everyone!