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04/24/2015 Trees Please 31 Free verse
04/24/2015 Believe Me 23 Free verse
04/23/2015 Exegesis Of A Poem 18 Free verse
04/20/2015 Softly Dirty Poem - 1 23 Free verse
04/19/2015 Just Deserts 43 Rhyme
04/11/2015 The Devil's Wife 101 Blank verse
04/07/2015 Hidey Holes - Now It's Done 82 Rhyme
04/06/2015 My Name Is Simply Orpheus 40 Rhyme
04/03/2015 The Liberal Pledge of Allegiance 43 Rhyme
03/30/2015 Do Sane People Have A Chance At Romance 244 Blank verse
03/29/2015 Slim Purse 66 Rhyme
03/28/2015 The Absence of Pain 56 Rhyme
03/27/2015 Robotic Ascension - Part 1 51 Blank verse
03/27/2015 The Blessings of the Day 54 Rhyme
03/24/2015 But Just Where Is God 96 Blank verse
03/22/2015 Haiku: Traditional 5 85 Haiku
03/17/2015 Before Dawn Breaks My Heart 45 Rhyme
03/16/2015 A Robot Assassin Named 'Green' - Part 1 85 Blank verse
03/11/2015 Who I Am 196 Rhyme
03/10/2015 Different Faces 124 Rhyme
03/05/2015 Conservative Hubris, Liberal Guilt - You Decide 67 Rhyme
03/03/2015 Asked and Answered - An Echo Poem 135 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Moot Point - An Echo Poem 78 Rhyme
02/27/2015 Threat Assessment 55 Rhyme
02/26/2015 How It Feels To Feel Loved - Redux 108 Rhyme
02/23/2015 A Poem For Helen 63 Rhyme
02/20/2015 Pain's Necessity - An Echo Poem 165 Rhyme
02/17/2015 On The Road To Recovery - An Echo Poem 119 Rhyme
02/16/2015 Unconditional Love 126 Rhyme
02/14/2015 Whale Speak II - Revised 97 Rhyme
02/11/2015 Shout 152 Rhyme
02/10/2015 Cardboard Castles And Other Retreats 162 Rhyme
02/08/2015 If I Could I Would Be 189 Blank verse
02/06/2015 Adventures of a Summer Day 307 Blank verse
02/05/2015 Pig In A Poke 263 Rhyme
02/03/2015 Daniel's Song 146 Rhyme
02/02/2015 Where A Man Finds Beauty 211 Rhyme
01/31/2015 True Love - An Echo Poem 187 Rhyme
01/29/2015 Being At Choice - An Echo Poem 181 Rhyme
01/27/2015 Embracing the Future - An Echo Poem 154 Rhyme
01/27/2015 He Said - She Said 272 Rhyme
01/26/2015 Black On White 199 Rhyme
01/19/2015 Bedside Manners 241 Rhyme
01/16/2015 What Tomorrow Brings 271 Rhyme
01/15/2015 Haiku: Video Gamester's Heaven 210 Haiku
01/14/2015 Simple 164 Rhyme
01/08/2015 My Dream Letter From You 195 Rhyme
01/08/2015 Friends Speak - An Echo Poem 261 Rhyme
01/06/2015 Simply Bob 227 Rhyme
01/05/2015 As I Get Older 289 Rhyme
01/02/2015 Autumn in Kyoto 258 Blank verse
01/02/2015 If I Could Make You Happy 230 Rhyme
12/27/2014 Oh, Let My Love Like April Rain 279 Blank verse
12/21/2014 Bifurcated Brian - An Echo Poem 200 Rhyme
12/18/2014 In Poetry 214 Rhyme
12/12/2014 The Power of Positive Napping 245 Rhyme
12/10/2014 Let Me 292 Rhyme
12/04/2014 The History of the Future 296 Rhyme
12/02/2014 For Love Of ----- 372 Blank verse
11/25/2014 Can You - Question Mark 220 Rhyme
11/24/2014 Another Geometry Like Love 765 Rhyme
11/20/2014 Hey Bwana - Exclamation Point 278 Rhyme
11/16/2014 Small Gifts: Contributing To Other's Happiness 355 Rhyme
11/05/2014 The God Machine 249 Rhyme
11/01/2014 Bride You, Groom Me - Question Mark 364 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 12 230 Blank verse
10/31/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 13 241 Blank verse
10/30/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 11 202 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 10 216 Blank verse
10/28/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 9 204 Blank verse
10/27/2014 Darkness Too 286 Blank verse
10/25/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 8 195 Blank verse
10/24/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 7 227 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 6 237 Blank verse
10/23/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 5 209 Blank verse
10/22/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 4 201 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 3 194 Blank verse
10/21/2014 Women6Verses9Men - Who's On Top 329 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 2 197 Blank verse
10/19/2014 Canoeing The Mississippi - Part 1 230 Blank verse
10/18/2014 Words - The Heart of Imagination - PoemHunter Early Entries 244 Blank verse
10/12/2014 Different Perspectives 273 Rhyme
10/07/2014 Let me show you 277 Rhyme
10/02/2014 A Pooible Idea 215 Rhyme
09/29/2014 My Ring Trilogy - The Poems 219 Blank verse
09/28/2014 A Late Note Of Appreciation 224 Rhyme
09/26/2014 My Ring Trilogy - Poet's Notes 213 Blank verse
09/26/2014 The Troll 213 Blank verse
09/23/2014 The Wages Of Sin 230 Blank verse
09/22/2014 Forgive My Having Loved You 211 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Strong Opinions 197 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Some Thoughts On Leaving 228 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Digital Creationism 182 Rhyme
09/22/2014 All Human Love 207 Rhyme
09/22/2014 The Abyss of Love 182 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Ignoring Apollo 257 Limerick
09/22/2014 The Longing For Joy 194 Rhyme
09/22/2014 Everyone Leaves, Everyone Grieves - Your Choice 209 Rhyme
09/22/2014 God's Kind Of Poetry 229 Blank verse
09/17/2014 Imagine 267 Rhyme

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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.