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Date PostedPoem Title# ViewsForm
09/29/2014My Ring Trilogy - The Poems17Blank verse
09/28/2014A Late Note Of Appreciation25Rhyme
09/26/2014My Ring Trilogy - Poet's Notes 20Blank verse
09/26/2014The Troll29Blank verse
09/23/2014The Wages Of Sin34Blank verse
09/22/2014Forgive My Having Loved You45Rhyme
09/22/2014Strong Opinions15Rhyme
09/22/2014Some Thoughts On Leaving29Rhyme
09/22/2014Digital Creationism15Rhyme
09/22/2014All Human Love28Rhyme
09/22/2014The Abyss of Love23Rhyme
09/22/2014Ignoring Apollo38Limerick
09/22/2014The Longing For Joy22Rhyme
09/22/2014Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice23Rhyme
09/22/2014God's Kind Of Poetry20Blank verse
09/17/2014Dear Tapan16Rhyme
09/17/2014If Not For You40Rhyme
09/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 350Haiku
09/17/2014That's Not Me15Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know Who You are28Rhyme
09/17/2014Like A Farmer25Rhyme
09/17/2014You Know25Rhyme
09/17/2014Love Does Not Require36Rhyme
09/15/2014Thinking you are in love36Rhyme
09/14/2014With You Here In My Life - Poem35Rhyme
09/11/2014With you here in my life - Song59Rhyme
09/10/2014Controlling The Urge to Control24Rhyme
09/10/2014Love's Lost And Found51Rhyme
09/06/2014Damn Girl - Exclamation Point - Rev 234Rhyme
09/06/2014Would That Our Love38Blank verse
09/05/2014The Day After49Rhyme
09/03/2014Everyone's Life42Rhyme
09/03/2014A Better Kind of Poetry Contest on Poemhunter28Rhyme
08/29/2014When I Give You My Heart - Rev 346Rhyme
08/29/2014What Day Brings - Poem en Duo - 2 Rev 230Rhyme
08/26/2014Mildly Amusing Limerick 589Limerick
08/26/2014Haiku: Physics: Golden Crown110Haiku
08/24/2014More Beautiful With Age - Question Mark - Rev 546Rhyme
08/22/2014Growing Up, La - Part 3 - Rev 223Rhyme
08/22/2014Limericks of Physics - 1110Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 2 - Rev 344Rhyme
08/20/2014Growing Up, La - Part 1 - Rev 444Rhyme
08/17/2014Being Exceptional41Rhyme
08/17/2014Haiku: Traditional 492Haiku
08/15/2014The Genius of True Love62Rhyme
08/11/2014Old People, Like Treasure32Rhyme
08/09/2014The Man Who Loved Lizards - Revised83Rhyme
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 237Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Father's Cottage Part 129Blank verse
08/06/2014Yuliya's Dream and more19Blank verse
08/06/2014Traveling to Yuliya22Rhyme
08/06/2014The Letter That Wasn't There65Blank verse
08/06/2014Rendezvous With Yuliya19Blank verse
08/06/2014The Cynic at 2197Sonnet
08/05/2014She Played the Harp35Rhyme
08/04/2014Performance Anxiety63Rhyme
08/04/2014Haiku: Traditional 277Haiku
08/03/2014I Call Him Friend106Blank verse
08/03/2014Fishing with Older Men136Blank verse
08/02/2014Posing for Pictures34Blank verse
08/02/2014I would be a fool88Blank verse
08/02/2014Divergence From Yuliya26Blank verse
08/02/2014Sonnet - The Cynic32Rhyme
08/02/2014Your Passion45Rhyme
08/02/2014You Might Be A Christian If67Blank verse
08/02/2014Yes I Am37Rhyme
08/02/2014Living In Fear of The Lord33Rhyme
08/02/2014Dawn In Nebraska47Rhyme
08/02/2014Dreams of Mind Reading42Rhyme
08/01/2014Poet's Mouth27Rhyme
08/01/2014Ode To An Unfinished Poem25Rhyme
08/01/2014Is This Even A Poem18Rhyme
08/01/2014Impossibly High Standards18Rhyme
08/01/2014How I write a poem37Rhyme
08/01/2014The Way It Is: Echo Poem 358Blank verse
08/01/2014And Then There Were None: Echo Poem 11-TH51Rhyme
08/01/2014Control: Echo Poem 10-TH26Rhyme
08/01/2014Where Did It Go To39Rhyme
08/01/2014Haiku: Traditional 189Haiku
07/31/2014A Walk Near Blunt34Blank verse
07/31/2014For Now, The Chimney Stands26Blank verse
07/31/2014Why Fireflies Dance60Blank verse
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 228Rhyme
07/31/2014Limerick: Great Tombstones 123Rhyme
07/31/2014People Jumping51Blank verse
07/30/2014Love's Last Long Last Letter42Blank verse
07/30/2014Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska56Blank verse
07/30/2014Haiku: Lessons Women Taught Me118Haiku
07/30/2014Haiku: Physics: Chaos Theory137Haiku
07/29/2014Haiku: haiku cuts haiku - This is not a title44Haiku
07/29/2014It's All Good: Echo Poem 9-TH31Rhyme
07/29/2014Feather Power: Echo Poem 8-TH49Blank verse
07/29/2014Life Without Love: Echo Poem 7-TH56Rhyme
07/29/2014Fear Abounds: Echo Poem 6-TH32Rhyme
07/29/2014Waiting: Echo Poem 5-TH40Rhyme
07/29/2014Inbetween: Echo Poem 4-TH28Rhyme
07/29/2014Being Alone: Echo Poem 3-TH24Rhyme
07/29/2014Different Strokes: Echo Poem 238Rhyme

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I started writing poetry my Senior year in High School and the Muse still strikes on occasion. I also wrote some short stories in college but poetry is my ongoing interest. I enjoy tennis, swimming and backpacking and have become a YMCA member in recent years. My short term memory has taken a hit but I'm physically stronger than I have ever been! It's nice to be able to see improvement in at least one area of my life.
    I was in the US Peace Corps twice. The first time was from 1964 to 1966 in Tanzania, East Africa where I supervised the installation of small bridges and culverts on feeder roads in an attempt to encourage local farmers to produce more. I also did some survey work and was lucky enough to spend nearly a month surveying future roads for tourists on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano whose rim exceeds 10,000 ft in places and is over ten miles in diameter. The crater floor is a natural game park nearly 2,000 ft. below the rim. The poem 'Venice' was written on my trip home from East Africa.
    A 2nd Peace Corps stint was in Malaysia where I taught a two year Physics syllabus to very gifted students in Kuantan, on the east coast of Malaysia from 1970 to 1972. I don't think I ever worked so hard in my life as I did teaching those kids. It was a very rewarding experience.
    I wrote a number of poems while I was at the University of Oklahoma and wound up getting a Master's in Physics before I left for Malaysia in 1970. The poems 'Venice' and 'California Montage' both won 'Honorable Mentions' in state poetry contests while I was at OU.
    My Masters in Physics specialized in Superconductivity. I was again very fortunate in working on devices used by USGS to do a study of how the earth's magnetic field has changed through time. This study revealed that the earth's magnetic field has reversed itself many times through history and now the magnetic field found in the rock enclosing fossils can actually be used to help determine a fossils age. I also the wrote the computer program that USGS used to analyze their core sample data.
    When money dried up for for scientific research under Nixon, my next job was working as one of the first video game designers using microprocessor logic. My first game, a copy of a game done completely in hardware called 'Bi-Plane' was perhaps the first commercially sold video game using  a microcomputer chip, the Intel 8080, as it's heart and an Altair Home Computer Kit that a friend and I built as a development station. I wound up spending nearly 12 years designing games for companies like Extensys, Ramtek, Atari and Warner Brothers.
    My last programming job was designing a micro-computer driven KSU for TIE Communications which was my most successful programming job. The final phone system sold over a million units and its program contained over 40,000 computer instructions. This assembly language program took me almost 4 years to write before the final version was completed.
    The remainder of my career has been in both farming and in real estate management. My father worked largely in farming related businesses and when he became ill I got heavily involved with our farms in South Dakota and Oklahoma, which gave birth to the poems 'A Walk Near Blunt, ' 'Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska, ' and 'Like a Farmer.'
    I am retired now and live in Silicon Valley which I have called home since moving here in 1973.