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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
08/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - Footle27Footle
08/10/2014The New One61Blank verse
08/05/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta Whey26Quatrain
07/22/2014A Brush of Wings70Verse
07/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star Turtle100Free verse
07/13/2014Blood on the Saddle226Limerick
07/08/2014Willow: A Fable112Rhyme
06/30/2014Ragnarok: The Storm143Epyllion
06/28/2014Dante's Path86Quatrain
06/11/2014Bill's Drill145Limerick
05/26/2014Albert Einstein359Clerihew
05/22/2014John Cougar Mellencamp200Clerihew
05/14/2014Into the Sunlight152Haiku
05/07/2014Jonah Falcon He's Not212Limerick
05/06/2014The Well Traveled Linguist175Limerick
05/05/2014Raise the Mast177Limerick
05/04/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkle310Limerick
05/02/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His Purpose654Rhyme
05/01/2014On Conspiracy Theories156Sonnet
04/28/2014Florida Gold328Limerick
04/28/2014Tongue Oil249Limerick
04/28/2014Red Moon463Limerick
04/28/2014Fochs Gnus357Rhyme
04/24/2014Concerning Human Understanding151Blank verse
04/01/2014The Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy Train145Rhyme
03/18/2014Ignominious Exit152Rhyme
03/11/2014Premature Exoneration161Limerick
02/28/2014Going Gigging317Rhyme
02/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin Awards431Limerick
02/07/2014What Can I Do446Sonnet
01/29/2014The Earth Abides570Quatrain
01/23/2014Ancient Dance415Sonnet
01/21/2014Happy Hour1322Iambic Pentameter
01/07/2014San Saba Springtime270Sonnet
12/28/2013The Whittlers396Cowboy
12/19/2013Redneck Santa395Rhyme
12/17/2013The Tale of the China Poblana233Epic
06/13/2013Ode on a Japanese Commode761Rhyme
05/24/2013The Fruits of their Labors431Free verse
05/23/2013Damaged Goods308Quatrain
05/21/2013White Trash Nostalgia520Quatrain
05/15/2013The Conceit of Poetry475Couplet
04/26/2013Empyreal Epiphany364Quatrain
04/24/2013Bordeaux Rouge421Limerick
04/18/2013head typist374Quatrain
04/14/2013The Roughneck Song523Rhyme
03/23/2013Tiger's Wood505Limerick
03/20/2013A Couple for the Ages679Sonnet
03/17/2013Bambino, Bambina403Limerick
03/11/2013The Treachery of Images431Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)
03/08/2013Pearl of La Paz333Sonnet
02/17/2013All Hat and No Cattle808Cowboy
02/10/2013Dark Temptress569Rhyme
02/10/2013Three Pills368Sonnet
01/30/2013Icebox Days492Rhyme
01/26/2013The Angel Inside1460Rhyme
01/22/2013Call Me Tex1183Cowboy
01/10/2013Bobcat Moon538Rhyme
12/09/2012Six Man Dance749Rhyme
11/18/2012La Bejarena447Rhyme
08/27/2012Kiss of the Eagle625Rhyme
08/23/2012Delicacy of Leaves397Rhyme
08/10/2012Keep It Turnin' to the Right415Rhyme
08/10/2012Cruising the Drag773Rhyme

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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.