There Was A Time: A Journey Into Black and White with Taz, is a collection of over thirty African-American heritage poems and stories as well as inspirational selections that reflect Robb “Dragon” Hogan’s thoughts on life, love and social injustice. Robb says, “I really don’t think of myself as a “poet”. I think of myself as a storyteller. I picture myself, sitting down with my grandchildren, telling them stories about something that I think is a precious moment, a painful moment or a humorous moment…it goes back to childhood bedtime stories. I went from the listener to the teller.” This style is especially evident in Eagles and Mountains: A Dialogue, one of the tales included in the book, There Was A Time. In the flavor of an oriental folk tale, Taz conjures a conversation between an eagle and a mountain, ends the narrative with a conclusion and then offers the reader a challenge:
There are some folk who are destined to be
a fixture in your life.
Like stone, they’ll be there for you.
Then like that old eagle,
there are others, who will touch, and go.
Are you an eagle?
or a mountain?