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05/26/2015 No Sweat Revisions - Booze Helps 19 Free verse
05/24/2015 Confusion Reigns 40 Free verse
05/16/2015 Free Verse's Curse 67 Rhyme
05/11/2015 Mind Boggling Limerick 1 55 Rhyme
05/10/2015 Mildly Amusing Limerick 6 49 Rhyme
05/09/2015 Softly Off-Colored Poem - 2 49 Free verse
05/06/2015 The Golden Sieve 54 Rhyme
05/05/2015 Sad Gay Poem 89 Rhyme
05/02/2015 My Uncle's Lost Chords 77 Rhyme
05/02/2015 Construction Zone - Hard Hats Recommended: An Echo Poem 87 Rhyme
05/02/2015 Forever Mine 92 Free verse
04/30/2015 'Yes' 52 Rhyme
04/28/2015 Reverse Psychology I and II 58 Rhyme
04/27/2015 OK, But I'm Leaving The Seat Up 125 Free verse
04/25/2015 Ghazal: May The Sound Be With You 253 Ghazal
04/24/2015 Trees Please 66 Free verse
04/24/2015 Believe Me 54 Free verse
04/23/2015 Exegesis Of A Poem 36 Free verse
04/20/2015 Softly Off-Colored Poem - 1 64 Free verse
04/19/2015 Just Deserts 53 Rhyme
04/11/2015 The Devil's Wife 181 Blank verse
04/07/2015 Hidey Holes 128 Rhyme
04/06/2015 My Name Is Simply Orpheus 56 Rhyme
04/03/2015 The Liberal Pledge of Allegiance 83 Rhyme
03/30/2015 Do Sane People Have A Chance At Romance 260 Blank verse
03/29/2015 Slim Purse 107 Rhyme
03/28/2015 The Absence of Pain 83 Rhyme
03/27/2015 Robotic Ascension - Part 1 65 Blank verse
03/27/2015 The Blessings of the Day 70 Rhyme
03/24/2015 But Just Where Is God 150 Blank verse
03/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 5 123 Haiku
03/17/2015 Before Dawn Breaks My Heart 57 Rhyme
03/16/2015 A Robot Assassin Named 'Green' - Part 1 118 Blank verse
03/11/2015 Who I Am 236 Rhyme
03/10/2015 Different Faces 131 Rhyme
03/05/2015 Conservative Hubris, Liberal Guilt - You Decide 89 Rhyme
03/03/2015 Asked and Answered - An Echo Poem 159 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Moot Point - An Echo Poem 90 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Threat Assessment 63 Rhyme
02/26/2015 How It Feels To Feel Loved - Redux 125 Rhyme
02/23/2015 A Poem For Helen 80 Rhyme
02/20/2015 Pain's Necessity - An Echo Poem 183 Rhyme
02/17/2015 On The Road To Recovery - An Echo Poem 140 Rhyme
02/16/2015 Unconditional Love 137 Rhyme
02/14/2015 Whale Speak II - Revised 124 Rhyme
02/11/2015 Shout 179 Rhyme
02/10/2015 Cardboard Castles And Other Retreats 180 Rhyme
02/08/2015 If I Could I Would Be 209 Blank verse
02/06/2015 Adventures of a Summer Day 364 Blank verse
02/05/2015 Pig In A Poke 320 Rhyme
02/03/2015 Daniel's Song 159 Rhyme
02/02/2015 Where A Man Finds Beauty 226 Rhyme
01/31/2015 True Love - An Echo Poem 208 Rhyme
01/29/2015 Being At Choice - An Echo Poem 202 Rhyme
01/27/2015 Embracing the Future - An Echo Poem 184 Rhyme
01/27/2015 He Said - She Said 311 Rhyme
01/26/2015 Black On White 230 Rhyme
01/19/2015 Bedside Manners 257 Rhyme
01/16/2015 What Tomorrow Brings 295 Rhyme
01/15/2015 Haiku: Video Gamester's Heaven 233 Haiku
01/14/2015 Simple 173 Rhyme
01/08/2015 My Dream Letter From You 208 Rhyme
01/08/2015 Friends Speak - An Echo Poem 276 Rhyme
01/06/2015 Simply Bob 247 Rhyme
01/05/2015 As I Get Older 314 Rhyme
01/02/2015 Autumn in Kyoto 276 Blank verse
01/02/2015 If I Could Make You Happy 243 Rhyme
12/27/2014 Oh, Let My Love Like April Rain 301 Blank verse
12/21/2014 Bifurcated Brian - An Echo Poem 211 Rhyme
12/18/2014 In Poetry 230 Rhyme
12/12/2014 The Power of Positive Napping 269 Rhyme
12/10/2014 Let Me 310 Rhyme
12/04/2014 The History of the Future 331 Rhyme
12/02/2014 For Love Of ----- 392 Blank verse
11/25/2014 Can You - Question Mark 233 Rhyme
11/24/2014 Another Geometry Like Love 825 Rhyme
11/20/2014 Hey Bwana - Exclamation Point 302 Rhyme
11/16/2014 Small Gifts: Contributing To Other's Happiness 380 Rhyme
11/05/2014 The God Machine 270 Rhyme
11/01/2014 Bride You, Groom Me - Question Mark 400 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 12 245 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 13 263 Blank verse
10/30/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 11 222 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 10 236 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 9 212 Blank verse
10/27/2014 Darkness Too 299 Blank verse
10/25/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 8 207 Blank verse
10/24/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 7 245 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 6 245 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 5 221 Blank verse
10/22/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 4 217 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 3 202 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Women6Verses9Men - Who's On Top 357 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 2 218 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 1 247 Blank verse
10/18/2014 Words - The Heart of Imagination - PoemHunter Early Entries 260 Blank verse
10/12/2014 Different Perspectives 303 Rhyme
10/07/2014 Let me show you 294 Rhyme
10/02/2014 A Pooible Idea 236 Rhyme
09/29/2014 My Ring Trilogy - The Poems 239 Blank 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.