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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
09/22/2014I'm a 436Clerihew
09/15/2014The Empty Quarter188Alliteration
08/31/2014Bad Goldilocks89Abecedarian
08/25/2014Pussy Riot164Chastushka
08/23/2014Matryoshkan Multiverse88Haibun
08/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - Footle96Footle
08/10/2014The New One82Blank verse
08/05/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta Whey40Quatrain
07/22/2014A Brush of Wings149Verse
07/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star Turtle131Haibun
07/13/2014Blood on the Saddle269Limerick
07/08/2014Willow: A Fable129Rhyme
06/30/2014Ragnarok: The Storm167Epyllion
06/28/2014Dante's Path130Quatrain
06/11/2014Bill's Drill161Limerick
05/26/2014Albert Einstein461Clerihew
05/22/2014John Cougar Mellencamp213Clerihew
05/19/2014Soup317Quatrain
05/14/2014Into the Sunlight163Haiku
05/12/2014Rainier124Haiku
05/09/2014Januaries207Haiku
05/07/2014Jonah Falcon He's Not220Limerick
05/06/2014The Well Traveled Linguist182Limerick
05/05/2014Raise the Mast197Limerick
05/04/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkle328Limerick
05/02/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His Purpose748Rhyme
05/01/2014On Conspiracy Theories177Sonnet
04/28/2014Florida Gold345Limerick
04/28/2014Tongue Oil264Limerick
04/28/2014Red Moon487Limerick
04/28/2014Fochs Gnus393Rhyme
04/24/2014Concerning Human Understanding156Blank verse
04/01/2014The Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy Train181Rhyme
03/18/2014Ignominious Exit160Rhyme
03/11/2014Premature Exoneration173Limerick
02/28/2014Going Gigging334Rhyme
02/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin Awards469Limerick
02/07/2014What Can I Do456Sonnet
01/29/2014The Earth Abides609Quatrain
01/23/2014Ancient Dance427Sonnet
01/21/2014Happy Hour1343Iambic Pentameter
01/07/2014San Saba Springtime282Sonnet
12/28/2013The Whittlers408Cowboy
12/19/2013Redneck Santa408Rhyme
12/17/2013The Tale of the China Poblana245Epic
06/13/2013Ode on a Japanese Commode813Rhyme
05/24/2013The Fruits of their Labors439Free verse
05/23/2013Damaged Goods314Quatrain
05/21/2013White Trash Nostalgia536Quatrain
05/15/2013The Conceit of Poetry508Couplet
04/26/2013Empyreal Epiphany372Quatrain
04/24/2013Bordeaux Rouge436Limerick
04/18/2013head typist380Quatrain
04/14/2013The Roughneck Song557Rhyme
03/23/2013Tiger's Wood513Limerick
03/20/2013A Couple for the Ages696Sonnet
03/17/2013Bambino, Bambina425Limerick
03/11/2013The Treachery of Images453Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)
03/08/2013Pearl of La Paz338Sonnet
02/17/2013All Hat and No Cattle835Cowboy
02/10/2013Dark Temptress576Rhyme
02/10/2013Three Pills380Sonnet
01/30/2013Icebox Days524Rhyme
01/26/2013The Angel Inside1517Rhyme
01/22/2013Call Me Tex1199Cowboy
01/10/2013Bobcat Moon558Rhyme
12/09/2012Six Man Dance781Rhyme
11/18/2012La Bejarena465Rhyme
08/27/2012Kiss of the Eagle649Rhyme
08/23/2012Delicacy of Leaves411Rhyme
08/10/2012Keep It Turnin' to the Right438Rhyme
08/10/2012Cruising the Drag788Rhyme

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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.