1. Has your poetry ever been rejected by a publishing company?

Yes! I have a giant folder full of rejection letters from countless publishing companies. I’m actually glad they rejected my poems because I found ways to make each poem better.

Good writers are always making changes to their poems, stories, essays, reports, and articles. We’re always thinking of new ways to make our writing the best it can be!


2. Besides writing, what’s your favorite thing to do?

My most favorite thing in the world, besides writing, is hockey. I’ve been playing ice and roller hockey since I was seven. Hockey is the one sport that keeps me focused and grounded. All of my worries and fears disappear when I’m on the rink. I feel like a super hero!

I’ve played ice and roller hockey in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. After college, I had the opportunity to play ice hockey in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, England, Ireland, and Canada. I also coached high school hockey (The Hauppauge Eagles) for four years— 1 year of Freshman, 2 years of J.V., and 1 year of Varsity.

I love hockey just as much as I love writing. I think it’s important to pursue multiple interests and dedicate your time to the things that make you happy!

I'M NOT YOUR TYPICAL POET!

3. Which one of your poems best describes you as a kid?

This poem best describes me when I was in elementary school. Back then, I had a lot of creative energy, but I didn’t know how to harness it (which is why I usually ended up in the principal’s office).

There once was a king
who never won a game.
He always lost at cards.
His friends said it was a shame.


He came in last place
in every race he ran.
He couldn’t even beat a video game—
This poor, unlucky man.

He had a nice life, though.
His castle was made of gum.
His crown grew fresh strawberries
and he loved to play the drum.


No matter what the king did,
he just kept losing and losing.
After bowling a perfect zero, he shouted, “These games are so confusing!

I can’t do this anymore!
I need a new game!
Will someone please help me!
This losing streak is so lame!”


His wish was finally granted
by the knight with the golden sword.
He brought the king red and black crackers
and put them on a funny looking board.

The knight explained the rules
and showed him how to play.
The king beat the knight 5 times in a row
and didn’t lose the rest of the day.


In fact, the king kept winning and winning.
He beat every person in town.
He felt like the luckiest man on Earth.
No person, place, or thing could bring him down.

He traveled around the world
and beat every single king.
The kings agreed he was the best
and made him a championship ring.

And that’s the famous story
of this very exciting game,
made popular by a mighty king—
King Checkers was his name!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Taking A Test


Our teacher said, "Please clear your desks.

It's time to take the test."

I raised my hand and asked him,

"Should I take it to the west?

I could go east or north or south"---

He yelled, "You make me nauseous!

I think it's best you take your test

directly to the office!"

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


When I was a boy, I wasn’t a fan of reading and writing. I was a slow reader and never had the desire to write for fun. School was no picnic either. I tended to get distracted very easily, which resulted in day dreaming and finding new ways to disrupt the class. When my teachers called on me, I usually had no idea what they were talking about. I was always in a world of my own.

Although I studied for all of my tests and handed in my homework on time, I did not like doing these things. I’d rather be riding my bike, playing hockey with my friends (at Apple Park), or beating my favorite video games. You might find this ironic, but English and Art were always my worst subjects.

During my freshman year of college, I had to take a creative writing course. I wasn’t crazy about it at the time, but once I started writing, I kind of enjoyed it. Unfortunately, my professor said my stories were ridiculous and would never go anywhere. My biggest mistake was listening to what he had to say. I never thought about writing again until 2 ½ years later.

During the 2nd semester of my junior year (Loyola University in Maryland), I started thinking about life after college. At that time, the only thing I wanted to do was play in the National Hockey League. If I couldn’t do that, I wanted to find a job that made me happy. After brain storming a few possible careers, I thought about writing books for children. This was the first time, in my life, I thought about writing as a hobby or career. That night, I had an inspirational dream that put me on the path to writing. As soon as I woke up, I sat down at my desk and wrote my first poem. To my surprise, I really enjoyed writing it. From that day on, I began to write down my thoughts and ideas in an idea book.

Today, I have over 90 Idea Books filled with ideas for poetry, stories, songs, movies, TV shows, commercials, greeting cards, businesses, jingles, and much, much more!

Copyright © Darren Sardelli. All rights reserved.

Darren Paul Sardelli

Day Dreamer, Class Clown, Hockey Player

FUN FACT

I grew up with 2 golden retrievers named Heather and Mackenzie.