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09/26/2016 Understanding Human Limitations 5 Rhyme
09/11/2016 How I Would Love You 96 Rhyme
09/05/2016 Surviving Your Own Life 143 Rhyme
08/12/2016 SciFiKu: Number 1 40 Senryu
08/09/2016 Winning Olympic Gold In Love 165 Rhyme
08/06/2016 Haiku Number 60 83 Haiku
08/04/2016 Remembering Atari - Part 1 83 Rhyme
08/02/2016 Sometimes When I Wake 92 Rhyme
07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 159 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 153 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 199 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 89 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 Rev 3 105 Verse
07/12/2016 Haiku Inspired By Video Games 124 Haiku
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 3 Rev 3 99 Verse
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 2 Rev 3 102 Verse
07/08/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 1 Rev 3 163 Verse
07/02/2016 Poetry in the Forecast 163 Senryu
06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 175 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 202 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 216 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 212 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 168 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 278 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 264 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 193 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 220 Rhyme
06/07/2016 Haikus Parody Haiku 276 Haiku
06/07/2016 Haiku: Traditional 56 217 Haiku
06/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 55 236 Haiku
05/31/2016 Echo Poem: When Pain Seduces Good People 225 Rhyme
05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 177 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faithku: Haiku of the Heart 191 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 195 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 203 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 254 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 228 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 212 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 276 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 225 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 249 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 241 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 304 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 278 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 233 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 262 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 254 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 274 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 261 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 262 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 236 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 474 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 283 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 232 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 271 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 292 Free verse
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 38 281 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 37 299 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 36 266 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 35 225 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 34 245 Haiku
04/08/2016 Haiku: Traditional 33 277 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 32 292 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 30 269 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 29 277 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Parody 1 - Echo Poem 413 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 31 293 Haiku
03/29/2016 Flavor Enhancers 218 Rhyme
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 28 352 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 27 277 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 26 258 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 8 272 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 7 231 Haiku
03/22/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 6 281 Haiku
03/20/2016 Nothing To Wear 320 Rhyme
03/20/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 5 256 Haiku
03/19/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 4 228 Senryu
03/19/2016 What Do You Do 315 Rhyme
03/16/2016 Haiku: Mistrial 285 Senryu
03/15/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 3 347 Haiku
03/14/2016 Mourning Is Broken 233 Rhyme
03/10/2016 IM4U 247 Rhyme
03/08/2016 Understanding Nature 582 Rhyme
03/05/2016 Love Begins, Trail Vanishes 335 Free verse
02/29/2016 Much More Than 'Georgia On My Mind' 424 Free verse
02/27/2016 Love's Obligation 287 Rhyme
02/25/2016 Taking Stock 290 Rhyme
02/23/2016 Every Time I Lose Your Love 315 Free verse
02/20/2016 End of Days 639 Rhyme
02/18/2016 When Love Disappoints 330 Rhyme
02/14/2016 Whatever You're Feeling 384 Rhyme
02/13/2016 Penitent 305 Free verse
02/12/2016 Senryu: Traditional 2 373 Haiku
02/11/2016 New Friends 331 Free verse
02/10/2016 Death's Post-Mortem 333 Rhyme
02/10/2016 My Sadness 448 Free verse
02/08/2016 Death's Last Gasp 306 Rhyme
02/06/2016 When Parallel Lines Meet 381 Rhyme
02/05/2016 A Rainbow In Your Tears 445 Rhyme
02/02/2016 What You Want 416 Free verse
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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 SF Bay Area which I have called home since moving here in 1973.