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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
09/15/2014The Empty Quarter116Alliteration
08/31/2014Bad Goldilocks88Abecedarian
08/25/2014Pussy Riot152Chastushka
08/23/2014Matryoshkan Multiverse81Haibun
08/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - Footle88Footle
08/10/2014The New One80Blank verse
08/05/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta Whey39Quatrain
07/22/2014A Brush of Wings146Verse
07/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star Turtle124Haibun
07/13/2014Blood on the Saddle258Limerick
07/08/2014Willow: A Fable129Rhyme
06/30/2014Ragnarok: The Storm166Epyllion
06/28/2014Dante's Path129Quatrain
06/11/2014Bill's Drill156Limerick
05/26/2014Albert Einstein437Clerihew
05/22/2014John Cougar Mellencamp212Clerihew
05/14/2014Into the Sunlight160Haiku
05/07/2014Jonah Falcon He's Not218Limerick
05/06/2014The Well Traveled Linguist180Limerick
05/05/2014Raise the Mast190Limerick
05/04/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkle323Limerick
05/02/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His Purpose710Rhyme
05/01/2014On Conspiracy Theories173Sonnet
04/28/2014Florida Gold340Limerick
04/28/2014Tongue Oil263Limerick
04/28/2014Red Moon486Limerick
04/28/2014Fochs Gnus374Rhyme
04/24/2014Concerning Human Understanding153Blank verse
04/01/2014The Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy Train170Rhyme
03/18/2014Ignominious Exit158Rhyme
03/11/2014Premature Exoneration168Limerick
02/28/2014Going Gigging329Rhyme
02/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin Awards466Limerick
02/07/2014What Can I Do455Sonnet
01/29/2014The Earth Abides600Quatrain
01/23/2014Ancient Dance426Sonnet
01/21/2014Happy Hour1340Iambic Pentameter
01/07/2014San Saba Springtime279Sonnet
12/28/2013The Whittlers407Cowboy
12/19/2013Redneck Santa406Rhyme
12/17/2013The Tale of the China Poblana243Epic
06/13/2013Ode on a Japanese Commode803Rhyme
05/24/2013The Fruits of their Labors439Free verse
05/23/2013Damaged Goods312Quatrain
05/21/2013White Trash Nostalgia536Quatrain
05/15/2013The Conceit of Poetry503Couplet
04/26/2013Empyreal Epiphany369Quatrain
04/24/2013Bordeaux Rouge432Limerick
04/18/2013head typist379Quatrain
04/14/2013The Roughneck Song551Rhyme
03/23/2013Tiger's Wood511Limerick
03/20/2013A Couple for the Ages693Sonnet
03/17/2013Bambino, Bambina421Limerick
03/11/2013The Treachery of Images450Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)
03/08/2013Pearl of La Paz336Sonnet
02/17/2013All Hat and No Cattle831Cowboy
02/10/2013Dark Temptress575Rhyme
02/10/2013Three Pills379Sonnet
01/30/2013Icebox Days521Rhyme
01/26/2013The Angel Inside1506Rhyme
01/22/2013Call Me Tex1197Cowboy
01/10/2013Bobcat Moon555Rhyme
12/09/2012Six Man Dance774Rhyme
11/18/2012La Bejarena461Rhyme
08/27/2012Kiss of the Eagle647Rhyme
08/23/2012Delicacy of Leaves409Rhyme
08/10/2012Keep It Turnin' to the Right434Rhyme
08/10/2012Cruising the Drag786Rhyme

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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.