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04/01/2014My Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy Train40Rhyme
03/19/2014One Happy Ending With Green Giant138Limerick
03/18/2014Ignominious Exit100Rhyme
03/16/2014Well-sliced Willie51Free verse
03/12/2014Life is what you make it - Act 5, Scene VIII97Limerick
03/11/2014Premature Exoneration109Limerick
02/28/2014Going Gigging108Rhyme
02/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin Awards330Limerick
02/07/2014What Can I Do385Sonnet
02/04/2014A Stone In The Cold 5156Sonnet
01/29/2014The Earth Abides396Quatrain
01/23/2014Siren's Dance358Sonnet
01/21/2014Happy Hour1012Iambic Pentameter
01/09/2014I Never Said Love107Senryu
01/07/2014San Saba Springtime217Sonnet
12/28/2013The Whittlers292Cowboy
12/20/2013Cretaceous Farewell132Haiku
12/19/2013Redneck Santa313Rhyme
12/17/2013The Tale of the China Poblana154Ballad
06/13/2013Ode on a Japanese Commode630Rhyme
05/24/2013The Fruits of their Labors358Didactic
05/23/2013Damaged Goods272Quatrain
05/21/2013White Trash Nostalgia453Quatrain
05/15/2013The Conceit of Poetry392Couplet
04/26/2013Ad Astra335Quatrain
04/24/2013Bordeaux Rouge355Limerick
04/18/2013head typist354Quatrain
04/14/2013The Roughneck Song461Rhyme
03/23/2013Tiger's Wood458Limerick
03/20/2013A Couple for the Ages628Sonnet
03/17/2013Bambino, Bambina346Limerick
03/11/2013The Treachery of Images385Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)
03/08/2013Pearl of La Paz311Sonnet
02/17/2013All Hat and No Cattle689Cowboy
02/10/2013Dark Temptress534Rhyme
02/10/2013Three Pills337Sonnet
01/30/2013Icebox Days397Rhyme
01/26/2013The Angel Inside1257Rhyme
01/22/2013Call Me Tex1083Cowboy
01/10/2013Bobcat Moon476Rhyme
12/09/2012Six Man Dance642Rhyme
11/18/2012La Bejarena411Rhyme
08/27/2012Kiss of the Eagle541Rhyme
08/23/2012Delicacy of Leaves366Rhyme
08/10/2012Keep It Turnin' to the Right367Rhyme
08/10/2012Cruising the Drag688Rhyme

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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.