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Date PostedPoemTitle# ViewsForm
11/28/2015 Haiku: Liquid Memories 22 Haiku
11/27/2015 PH: Haiku: Thanksgiving Rev 2 24 Haiku
11/27/2015 PH: Haiku: Rose Takes Flight Rev 3 33 Haiku
11/24/2015 Faith as Poetry 35 Free verse
11/22/2015 Haiku: Trinity 2 - Revised 56 Haiku
11/20/2015 Haiku: Risk Taker 64 Haiku
11/18/2015 I Have Done Verse 42 Rhyme
11/17/2015 Haiku: Neighborhood Watch 51 Haiku
11/17/2015 Haiku: Miracle of Spring 73 Haiku
11/17/2015 Haiku: Modern Greek Tragedy 58 Haiku
11/16/2015 Haiku: Joy With Spin 46 Haiku
11/16/2015 A Spark Worth Redeeming 48 Rhyme
11/15/2015 Haiku: Writer's Block 36 Haiku
11/15/2015 Haiku: Losing Time 49 Haiku
11/14/2015 Haiku: Who She Is 52 Haiku
11/13/2015 Haiku: Winter's End 60 Haiku
11/11/2015 Haiku: Symphonic Movements 34 Haiku
11/09/2015 Haiku: Political Commentary 57 Haiku
11/09/2015 Haiku: Tully Fog in the Morning 68 Haiku
11/07/2015 Your Nine Is My Ten 47 Rhyme
11/06/2015 The Death of Truth - Question Mark 49 Rhyme
11/06/2015 Haiku: The Joy of Being Haiku 64 Haiku
11/04/2015 Whipping A Child 94 Rhyme
11/01/2015 Check Please 111 Burlesque
11/01/2015 Hey Waiter, There's A Guy In My Soup 47 Rhyme
10/31/2015 What Brings Joy 87 Rhyme
10/28/2015 Welcome Home Girl 123 Blank verse
10/26/2015 The Missing Ingredient 134 Rhyme
10/22/2015 Sweet Servant of Satan 122 Rhyme
10/22/2015 Haiku: Garden Pests 76 Haiku
10/20/2015 Haiku: Sleep Meds 92 Haiku
10/19/2015 Haiku: Nature Bites Man 79 Haiku
10/18/2015 The Devil's Little Red Book - Rev 2 112 Free verse
10/18/2015 Being A Better man 173 Prose Poetry
10/16/2015 World's Shortest Poem 99 Prose Poetry
10/16/2015 Haiku: Personal Tag 73 Haiku
10/14/2015 The Best Game In Town 92 Rhyme
10/12/2015 Haiku: Traditional 12 91 Haiku
10/12/2015 Acting Out 76 Rhyme
10/11/2015 Ode to Verde Lee Allen 117 Prose Poetry
10/09/2015 Appendages of God 144 Prose Poetry
10/08/2015 Dancing With God 2 66 Rhyme
10/07/2015 Dancing With God - Read First 78 Rhyme
10/06/2015 Science - Modern Man's Burning Bush 163 Rhyme
10/03/2015 Haiku: Traditional 11 88 Haiku
10/02/2015 Haiku: Traditional 10 86 Haiku
10/01/2015 Canoeing On Mars - Rev 2 102 Prose Poetry
09/29/2015 Prince Charming's Lament 86 Rhyme
09/27/2015 Losing A Piece Of Myself 116 Rhyme
09/26/2015 Haiku: Traditional 9 94 Haiku
09/23/2015 Tend Your Spinach - Rev 2 130 Rhyme
09/23/2015 Models of Reality in Religion 95 Rhyme
09/10/2015 Mystery 82 Rhyme
09/08/2015 South Dakota Days 129 Rhyme
09/07/2015 World's End 251 Rhyme
09/06/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 10 105 Limerick
09/05/2015 Trickle Down Hypocrisy 131 Rhyme
09/05/2015 If You Think 149 Rhyme
09/01/2015 Dings In My Paint 94 Rhyme
09/01/2015 God Colored Glasses 110 Rhyme
08/30/2015 Haiku: Happiness-Freedom 177 Haiku
08/30/2015 You Kissed Me But Once 90 Rhyme
08/29/2015 Finding Life In Failure's Cup 105 Rhyme
08/28/2015 Swept Away 93 Free verse
08/26/2015 Haiku: Miss Spoken 102 Haiku
08/23/2015 Haiku: Miss Behaved - Double Trouble 96 Haiku
08/23/2015 Haiku: Miss Behaved 116 Haiku
08/22/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 9 136 Limerick
08/21/2015 Miss Spent 99 Haiku
08/19/2015 Just For Fun 178 Rhyme
08/18/2015 Too Much Love 139 Rhyme
08/18/2015 The Laughter of God 232 Rhyme
08/15/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 8 134 Rhyme
08/14/2015 My Mother's Art - New Eyes 178 Prose Poetry
08/13/2015 Judging God 121 Rhyme
08/10/2015 Night Vision 139 Prose Poetry
08/09/2015 The Gift 99 Rhyme
07/31/2015 To Be A Man 141 Rhyme
07/30/2015 Haiku: Miss Leading 2 168 Haiku
07/26/2015 Haiku: Miss Guided 139 Haiku
07/25/2015 Haiku: Broken 168 Haiku
07/25/2015 Haiku: Miss Named 129 Haiku
07/24/2015 Haiku: Miss Leading 1 206 Haiku
07/24/2015 Cloud Illusions - Stimulus:Response 251 Rhyme
07/23/2015 Haiku: Trinity 257 Haiku
07/18/2015 Living Time 155 Rhyme
07/17/2015 Haiku: Miss Apprehension 205 Haiku
07/16/2015 Haiku: Miss Taken 187 Haiku
07/15/2015 Haiku: Miss Conceptions 193 Haiku
07/15/2015 Haiku: Miss Placed 206 Haiku
07/14/2015 Haiku: Miss Construed 168 Haiku
07/13/2015 Miss Understanding 223 Free verse
07/12/2015 Haiku: Crocodile Tears 219 Haiku
07/11/2015 Miss Remembering 221 Rhyme
07/08/2015 Haiku: Traditional 8 202 Haiku
07/06/2015 Oh, Warrior of the Heart 430 Free verse
07/04/2015 Your Missing Love Blooms My Heart - Stimulus:Response 261 Rhyme
06/29/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 7 209 Limerick
06/28/2015 The Journey 541 Prose Poetry
06/23/2015 Seasons of the Heart 405 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.