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12/01/2020 The Poet's Legacy 61 Quatrain
11/30/2020 Cellular Phone 76 Quatrain
11/29/2020 A Lament for America 57 Terza Rima
11/28/2020 Wild and Wonderful West Virginia 68 Rhyme
11/26/2020 Nesting Swallows 74 Terza Rima
11/26/2020 Days of Uncertainty 77 Quatrain
11/24/2020 The Twelfth of Never 85 Rhyme
11/24/2020 Graciousness 66 Triolet
11/24/2020 Diamond in the Rough 84 Quintain (Sicilian)
11/23/2020 Ill Wind and Me 75 Couplet
11/22/2020 Ode for Lonely Immigrants 110 Ode
11/21/2020 Angel Unaware 101 Quatrain
11/21/2020 A National Travesty 153 Pantoum
11/20/2020 Unseen Distant Bay 101 Pantoum
11/20/2020 My Soul Is Locked Within 106 Free verse
11/19/2020 Love Is Happiest 132 Tanka
11/19/2020 Trump Limerick 58 Limerick
11/18/2020 Feelings 60 Jueju
11/18/2020 Comments on Crooked Politicians 79 Quatrain
11/17/2020 Citizen Trump's Disgrace 40 Quatrain
11/12/2020 Lady Liberty Still Stands Proud in New York Harbor 128 Quatrain
11/11/2020 Somewhere Along Our Southern Border 51 Free verse
11/10/2020 Mama's Kodak 54 Dramatic Verse
11/09/2020 Youth Saw Me Passing By 50 Rhyme
11/08/2020 Comer's Stand 49 Free verse
11/07/2020 If I Were the Only Poet Left in the World Today 64 Free verse
11/07/2020 My Bucket List 72 Light Verse
11/05/2020 Autumn Leaves 64 Haiku
11/05/2020 A Proud American 72 Rhyme
11/04/2020 On Wearing a Murse 90 Dramatic Monologue
11/04/2020 A Valuable Insight for Chronic Winners 111 Quatrain
11/03/2020 Conspiracy Theorists 50 Free verse
11/03/2020 On the Loss of Nephews 102 Sonnet
10/31/2020 Unknown Part of Me 64 Couplet
10/29/2020 Morning in Bukoba 65 Free verse
10/29/2020 Mother and Fawn 41 Blank verse
10/29/2020 Ballad of the Silver Bridge 89 Ballad
10/28/2020 Heaven's Gate 78 Sonnet
10/28/2020 Spirit, Like a Rose 48 Free verse
10/27/2020 Random Memory 47 Curtal Sonnet
10/27/2020 I Love the Songs of Heroes 72 Lyric
10/27/2020 The Old Homeplace 64 Elegiac Lyric
10/27/2020 Bullies Make Me Sick 31 Free verse
10/27/2020 A Fleeting Moment 84 Free verse
10/27/2020 The Fiddler 91 Prose Poetry
10/26/2020 My Minichu 44 Rhyme
10/26/2020 A Feeling of Dread 33 Free verse
10/26/2020 Youth Saw Me Passing By 30 Light Verse
10/26/2020 The Big Change 58 Quatrain
10/26/2020 103 First Floor West 60 Carpe Diem
10/25/2020 Suppose for a Moment 23 Quatrain
10/25/2020 A Chilling Reminder 51 Free verse
10/25/2020 Some April Day 52 Couplet
10/24/2020 Reality Sets In 49 Rhyme
10/24/2020 On Being Human 112 Free verse
10/24/2020 Moonbathing 43 Light Verse
10/23/2020 The Frightening Future 72 Quatrain
10/23/2020 At the Graveside of One Who Suffered 47 Rhyme
10/22/2020 Halloween 69 Couplet
10/22/2020 With Apology to John Newton 52 Quatrain
10/21/2020 Village on the Rhone 102 Ekphrasis
10/21/2020 Sometimes When Shadows Fall 72 Free verse

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I was born and raised in the south-central West Virginia. I graduated from Nuttall High School, Lookout, WV in 1959 and went off to Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. After my freshman year, I enlisted in the United States Air Force, where I served for four years in the beautiful state of Hawaii. While there, I attended Jackson College and the University of Hawaii.

Upon my return home to West Virginia, I married and had two exceptional children, Emily and Adam Hankins. Unfortunately, that marriage ended in divorce after about seven years. During those same years, I graduated from the University of Charleston, Charleston, WV, receiving my baccalaureate degree in history.

(More recently) I obtained my master's and doctoral degee in Theology at Trinity Theological Seminary. I served churches in West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia before retiring in 1997.  A compulsive writer, my poetry, articles, short stories, and theological writings have appeared in numerous national journals and periodicals, including Christian Century, Biblical Illustrator, and the renowned Pulpit Digest. In 1992-1993 I was elected to Who's Who in Religion. I was also elected to the international poetry society, Escambi Y Internationale. One of my poems was read into the Congressional Journal of the United States. I am also a member of Pi Gamma Mu, an honorary sociological fraternity. 

(Even More Recently) I published a book of Appalachian short stories, Ashes on the Snow, and, A Sensible Theology for Thinking People (A retired Southern Baptist minister talks candidly about the Bible, Theology and Contemporary Concerns). For about eight years I wrote a weekly column for the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch.

I have been interviewed on both radio and television.

My wife Deborah and I moved to Catlettsburg, Kentucky to operate The Presidents' House Bed and Breakfast, where we remained until we retired a second time and moved to Ashland, Kentucky. My wife Deborah of 35 years died November 22, 2018. 

I continue my work as a public speaker and freelance writer.