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07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 31 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 48 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 77 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 25 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 Rev 3 36 Verse
07/12/2016 Haiku Inspired By Video Games 44 Haiku
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 3 Rev 3 33 Verse
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 2 Rev 3 33 Verse
07/08/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 1 Rev 3 64 Verse
07/02/2016 Poetry in the Forecast 66 Senryu
06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 77 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 106 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 124 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 96 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 90 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 132 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 127 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 94 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 121 Rhyme
06/07/2016 Haikus Parody Haiku 165 Haiku
06/07/2016 Haiku: Traditional 56 122 Haiku
06/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 55 135 Haiku
05/31/2016 Echo Poem: When Pain Seduces Good People 145 Rhyme
05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 109 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faithku: Haiku of the Heart 116 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 106 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 122 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 172 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 153 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 137 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 212 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 151 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 181 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 173 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 231 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 216 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 165 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 193 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 190 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 209 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 194 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 198 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 172 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 359 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 209 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 161 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 195 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 227 Free verse
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 38 215 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 37 211 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 36 190 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 35 171 Haiku
04/10/2016 Haiku: Traditional 34 191 Haiku
04/08/2016 Haiku: Traditional 33 199 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 32 216 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 30 191 Haiku
04/05/2016 Haiku: Traditional 29 189 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Parody 1 - Echo Poem 313 Haiku
04/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 31 226 Haiku
03/29/2016 Flavor Enhancers 150 Rhyme
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 28 272 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 27 206 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 26 179 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 8 201 Haiku
03/27/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 7 163 Haiku
03/22/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 6 216 Haiku
03/20/2016 Nothing To Wear 247 Rhyme
03/20/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 5 188 Haiku
03/19/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 4 169 Senryu
03/19/2016 What Do You Do 242 Rhyme
03/16/2016 Haiku: Mistrial 226 Senryu
03/15/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 3 276 Haiku
03/14/2016 Mourning Is Broken 179 Rhyme
03/10/2016 IM4U 189 Rhyme
03/08/2016 Understanding Nature 487 Rhyme
03/05/2016 Love Begins, Trail Vanishes 275 Free verse
02/29/2016 Much More Than 'Georgia On My Mind' 357 Free verse
02/27/2016 Love's Obligation 217 Rhyme
02/25/2016 Taking Stock 231 Rhyme
02/23/2016 Every Time I Lose Your Love 261 Free verse
02/20/2016 End of Days 508 Rhyme
02/18/2016 When Love Disappoints 274 Rhyme
02/14/2016 Whatever You're Feeling 320 Rhyme
02/13/2016 Penitent 239 Free verse
02/12/2016 Senryu: Traditional 2 319 Haiku
02/11/2016 New Friends 275 Free verse
02/10/2016 Death's Post-Mortem 278 Rhyme
02/10/2016 My Sadness 356 Free verse
02/08/2016 Death's Last Gasp 258 Rhyme
02/06/2016 When Parallel Lines Meet 326 Rhyme
02/05/2016 A Rainbow In Your Tears 386 Rhyme
02/02/2016 What You Want 343 Free verse
01/30/2016 Future Shock 339 Free verse
01/30/2016 Glimmerings of Truth 442 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Lover's Holiday 343 Rhyme
01/27/2016 Cloudy Thoughts 326 Rhyme
01/26/2016 Haiku: Quasi-Traditional 2 366 Senryu
01/23/2016 Getting Priorities Straight 296 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Every Day is a First Kiss 301 Rhyme
01/22/2016 Traveling Through Old Age 310 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.