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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.

Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest Results

Blog Posted:3/9/2014 5:24:00 PM
Below are the contest results, but first a few comments. There were several poems
that took a completely contrarian approach to the words in the acrostic in terms of
the content of their poems. It's quite interesting, because being a contrarian myself,
I had actually thought of this approach, but didn't expect to see it realized. I had
asked that the poem reflect the content of the acrostic in the rules, but a reflection
is actually a mirror image, not a true image, isn't it? So here are the words and my
tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the mirror image of them.

If you need a friend (It's not me)
I'm sailing right behind (With a knife)
Like a bridge over troubled water (Yeah, like New Jersey)
I will ease your mind (Right into depression)

I think an important function of art is to sometimes jolt people, shock them out of their paradigms and preconceived notions. So I am also recognizing the poems that did this, some better than others. Of course I am also recognizing the ones that took the straightforward approach and hit the bullseye dead center and the ones that hit the target, but slightly off center mostly for technical reasons. But I also lift my hat to the ones who ignored the bullseye and decided to just shoot off the target's legs instead.

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Word Acrostic 
Contest Judged:  3/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Roy Jerden
Contest Winner Medal1Someone SaidJohn lawless
Contest Winner Medal1Friends - Bridge Over Troubled WatersBarbara Gorelick
Contest Winner Medal1Bridge of Friendship --- AcrosticCarrie Richards
Contest Winner Medal1When Doubt EntersFrederic Parker
Contest Winner Medal1Walk With MeChristopher Thor Britt
Contest Winner Medal1A Letter From GodCatie Lindsey
Contest Winner Medal1WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSECyndi MacMillan
Contest Winner Medal1If I Need a Friend Maybe Run AcrosticSheri Fresonke Harper
Contest Winner Medal1Bridge Over Troubled WatersMichael Wegman
Contest Winner Medal2Just Tugrobert johnson
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge over troubled waterDr. Upma A. Sharma
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge Over Troubled Waterjohn beharry
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge over troubled waterJan Allison
Contest Winner Medal2Life's Journey - Word Acrostic ContestSeren Roberts
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge Over Troubled WaterShadow Hamilton
Contest Winner Medal2A Sure Hand Neath My HeadReason A. Poteet
Contest Winner Medal2Bridge Over Troubled Waters AcrosticDrJim Martin
Contest Winner Medal2A Short Phone Call AwayJoyce Johnson
Contest Winner Medal2For My HusbandRosann Fode
Contest Winner Medal2BRIDGEDave Wood
Contest Winner Medal3Troubled watersBernard Barclay
Contest Winner Medal3A FriendSara Kendrick
Contest Winner Medal3If You ThinkAbdulhafeez Oyewole
Contest Winner Medal3Bridge Over Troubled Watercecil hickman
Contest Winner Medal3Bridge over troubled waterHuberta van Akkeren
Contest Winner Medal3Bridge Over Troubled Water for Acrostic ContestLorie Driscoll
Contest Winner Medal3Like a bridgejohn scott

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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 8:43:00 PM
    THanks for the challenge, the inspiration and the placement. Gotta tell you, I'd have placed me third. Sheri's? Holy cow. First, yeah that one? First rate all the way. I'll have to stop back at her page tomorrow. I'm just wiped... spring break with a kindergartener... not for wussies. AWK! So far: Sat.. Ballet, Karate and movie, Sunday, a family swim at a crowded pool, today, bowling -- yup--- those poor floors! Tomorrow, a concert... by Sunday Mommy will need a holiday or something stronger than coffee. Ha!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/10/2014 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I disagree. Not with Sheri's placement, but with yours. I was re-living Captains Courageous, even though it wasn't mentioned. Spencer Tracy and Freddy Bartholomew as the rich spoiled brat that he turned around. That's real friendship, support and a kick in the butt when it's needed.
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 4:54:00 PM
    Kudos to all the winners!!

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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 9:02:00 AM
    Congrats to all!!!

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 11:39:00 PM
    congrats to your winners!! This one was SO difficult for me. I wrote something and hated it. It took me two hours and I tore it up. Oh my. how did they do it? I admire all your winners.

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 8:56:00 PM
    Thank you, Roy, for placing my poem among your winners! I am thrilled. I will have more time in the next day or two to read them all and comment, but for now, just let me say, "Congratulations to all your winners!" love and hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 6:41:00 PM
    Thank you so much, is an honor, .......and my hat is off to those who with 'tongue in cheek' were able to be a bit contrary!! Wish I'd thought of it !!! And thanks too, for your explanation in the blog.....congratulations to everyone!

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My Past Blog Posts

Cowboys in the Badlands Part 1
Date Posted: 9/19/2014 10:32:00 PM
The Pedicure Virgin - Roy Jerden
Date Posted: 9/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
How to make an image out of a long poem
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 12:58:00 PM
How to do a scansion of your poem to verify the meter
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 6:03:00 PM
Too Subtle?
Date Posted: 8/15/2014 1:39:00 PM
New Feature -Poet's Notes About the Poem
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 12:31:00 PM
Free Verse: Start here or finish here
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 7:04:00 PM
Bogus Entries in Contests
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 6:46:00 AM
Punctuation and Capitalization in Poetry
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
About Poem/Poem Notes/Inspiration, etc.
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 8:17:00 AM
Bawdy Limericks II Judged
Date Posted: 7/6/2014 2:48:00 PM
To Footnote or Not to Footnote?
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 8:47:00 PM
User trying to set a password
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 10:01:00 PM
Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 9:51:00 PM
Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Bonnie Parker's Poetry
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 2:48:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 2:48:00 PM
Kudos on the Miltonic Sonnet Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Limerick Contest
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 7:56:00 PM
Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Contest Enhancements I'd Like to See
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 10:12:00 AM
Age Test
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A couple of not so burning questions
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Some Contest Ideas - Feedback Requested
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/15/2014The Empty QuarterAlliterationearth,nature,stars,
8/31/2014Bad GoldilocksAbecedarianhumorous,
8/25/2014Pussy RiotChastushkahumor,
8/23/2014Matryoshkan MultiverseHaibunhumor,
8/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - FootleFootlehumor,
8/10/2014The New OneBlank versedark,
8/5/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta WheyQuatrainchild,children,
7/22/2014A Brush of WingsVersebird,
7/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star TurtleHaibundeath,journey,stars,
7/13/2014Blood on the SaddleLimerickfunny,vacation,
7/8/2014Willow: A FableRhymechildren,death,dream,fant
6/30/2014Ragnarok: The StormEpyllionweather,
6/28/2014Dante's PathQuatrainspiritual,
6/11/2014Bill's DrillLimerickhumorous,
5/26/2014Albert EinsteinClerihewhumorous,science,
5/22/2014John Cougar MellencampClerihewbio,humorous,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
5/7/2014Jonah Falcon He's NotLimerickfunny,
5/6/2014The Well Traveled LinguistLimerickhumorous,
5/5/2014Raise the MastLimerickhumorous,
5/4/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkleLimerickage,funny,
5/2/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His PurposeRhymehate,religion,slam,

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AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
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That Night We KissedRondeauromanceheart,night,heart,
A Voice In The WindRhymeimagination,nature,
Within a StormSonnetinspirational,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the PoetQuatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
MuseFree versewords,writing,
Falling upwardRhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am DeadLyricdeath,faith,religious,

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