First off, thank you from the bottom of my heart for checking out my poetry, photography, and songs. It is such an honor and privilege to know that you spent some of your valued time on one of the most revered aspects of my life: my creativity. My artistry is a direct view into the deepest aspects of my soul.

I began writing back in 2006 at the age of 22 shortly after my mother died unexpectedly from cancer. Over a decade before I was officially diagnosed with depression, I started writing under the alias thethingsgreaterthanme because I didn’t have the confidence to write as myself. As I continued to write as an outlet for the darkness that seemed to engulf my world, I found joy in photography, exploring the Great Outdoors, and trying to pair some of my poems to music. If I could reach back in time, I would have prompted my 22 year-old self to create songs, as I find so much solace in heartfelt lyrics and music. Fortunately for me, I found light, strength, and hope in my daughter. I currently work as a Registered Nurse to try to help others and then write and snap photos in between my time with my daughter. I have been gifted with a stubborn optimism that unfortunately not everyone finds in life.

I truly hope that something you saw or listened to on my website brought at least a tiny ray of joy or hope to you! PLEASE feel free to send me a message at transientbyryan(at)gmail.com or shoot me a message below…I would love to hear from you! In a world that can feel overwhelmingly cold and isolated at times, a friendly interaction with another human can bring so much warmth and happiness to others.

Warmest regards from the Minnesota, U.S.A.​,


My other sites:

  • Instagram: mostly my photography
  • YouTube: songs created from my lyrics
  • Etsy: metallic prints for purchase of some of my photography

Compassion | Hope | Charity | Love



  1. tcou442 says:

    Keep writing.. I like the honesty and hope in this poem.


  2. GJ Scobie says:

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details at gjscobie.wordpress.com 🙂


  3. Tom says:

    Hey. I like your poem. Do you have anymore?I am a singer who just really has a hard time writing songs. I have a lot of idea but it’s hard to express my thoughts through my songs which is my ultimate goal. Maybe we could collaberate on something. Let me know. Thanks.


  4. Tom says:

    I found the rest of them. Good stuff.


    • thethingsgreaterthanme says:

      Thank you for the compliments. I would certainly be interested in collaborating. Let me know what you have in mind!


  5. Powerful songs played that take me on a journey. Why aren’t you famous?
    Good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    • thethingsgreaterthanme says:

      I just write from my life’s experiences. Perhaps I need more guidance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my work!


    • thethingsgreaterthanme says:

      Thank you so much, Jason! I truly appreciate the feedback!!!


  6. Chris says:

    have you ever collaborated with another person on lyrics?
    if so, I would like to be in touch!


    • thethingsgreaterthanme says:

      Hi Chris! Thank you so much for checking out my poems and lyrics! It means the world to me! Yes, I have collaborated a few times on lyrics. If you would like to work together on something, let me know your email address and I’ll send you a message!


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