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09/16/2021 Plight of the Elderly 10 Rispetto
09/16/2021 Sometimes 10 Light Verse
09/16/2021 Icicles 11 Haiku
09/15/2021 Future's Mysteries 30 Verse
09/15/2021 When Dark Clouds Overshadowed the Sun's Ray 28 Villanelle
09/15/2021 Face Masks 36 Quatrain
09/15/2021 Shanghai Carpenter 41 Limerick
09/14/2021 Response to Rude Darts 74 Rhyme
09/12/2021 Being a Liberal 101 Rhyme
09/12/2021 Narcissistic Boors 68 Quatrain
09/12/2021 Fog Is Rising 44 Free verse
09/12/2021 The Appalachians 30 Free verse
09/12/2021 Longing to Be Free 27 Sonnet
09/12/2021 Before the First Snow 39 Free verse
09/12/2021 Where Does the Green Go 33 Rhyme
09/11/2021 Feather 51 Senryu
09/11/2021 Journey 58 Free verse
09/11/2021 Poem 38 Epigram
09/11/2021 The Fawn 26 Triolet
09/11/2021 Purpose in Nature 26 Tanka
09/11/2021 Memory of 9-11-2001 38 Couplet
09/11/2021 Red Cannas 19 Haiku
09/11/2021 I Am Mesmerized 30 Free verse
09/10/2021 Last Sigh 42 Haiku
09/10/2021 Time of Unrest 30 Free verse
09/10/2021 How Do I Write 36 Rhyme
09/10/2021 Indian Summer 25 Haiku
09/10/2021 Grandma's Prediction 31 Rispetto
09/10/2021 The Buzzard 37 Free verse
09/09/2021 On Being Blocked 70 Quatrain
09/09/2021 Naked As a Jailbird 41 Limerick
09/09/2021 Hurtin' Songs 30 Rhyme
09/09/2021 Illusion 69 Quatrain
09/09/2021 In a Hurting World 49 Diminished Hexaverse
09/09/2021 Degradation 68 Rhyme
09/08/2021 Arrested for Tossing Diamonds 53 Free verse
09/08/2021 Hosting Jeopardy 52 Light Verse
09/08/2021 Victims of War 43 Tanka
09/08/2021 Morning Shadows 52 Haiku
09/08/2021 Conspiracies 42 Tetractys
09/08/2021 Early Morning Shadows 25 Free verse
09/08/2021 Sighs 46 Free verse
09/07/2021 Love Blooms in Early Age 44 Dizain
09/07/2021 This Disgruntled Troll 140 Quatrain
09/07/2021 The Screw 54 Light Verse
09/06/2021 Listen to Me 39 Free verse
09/06/2021 Morning Joe 47 Rhyme
09/06/2021 Color Me - The Future Is Coming 93 Free verse
09/06/2021 Sundown 28 Acrostic
09/06/2021 To a Former Friend 88 Political Verse
09/06/2021 Worthy of Consideration 50 Free verse
09/06/2021 Arguments 58 Quatrain
09/06/2021 Some Unsolicited Advice 47 Monorhyme
09/06/2021 Echo 56 Tetractys
09/05/2021 Lawn Flowers 44 Haiku
09/05/2021 Long Range Weather Forecast 42 Free verse
09/05/2021 Coming Storm 28 Triolet
09/05/2021 SNAFU at the Met 42 Quintilla
09/05/2021 Mexican Memory 48 Limerick
09/05/2021 I Breathe Again 53 Rhyme
09/05/2021 Harmony 66 Rhyme
09/04/2021 Random Rhymes 48 Footle
09/04/2021 Hummingbird 39 Rhyme
09/04/2021 A Hard Rain Fell 38 Triolet
09/04/2021 Mind Over Matter 55 Diamante
09/04/2021 Loneliness at Dusk 30 Nonet
09/04/2021 Success With Words 40 Kimo
09/04/2021 She Touched My Heart 80 Quatrain
09/03/2021 I Remember When 76 Quatrain
09/03/2021 Autumn Gold 106 Verse
09/03/2021 Weeding the Garden 46 Haiku
09/02/2021 Morning on the Farm 125 Idyll (Idyl)
09/02/2021 Autumn 63 Acrostic
09/02/2021 Clinical Tests 47 Light Verse
09/02/2021 Your Finest Hour 113 Monoku
09/02/2021 USPS-Approved 43 Light Verse
09/02/2021 Self-Evaluation 45 Light Verse
09/01/2021 Autumn Job 71 Tanka
09/01/2021 Caught in the Act - BAWDY 88 Limerick
09/01/2021 Couldn't Think of Gardenia 68 Limerick
09/01/2021 Apt Apology 79 Light Verse
09/01/2021 Two's Company, Three's a Crowd 60 Rhyme
09/01/2021 Wasted Words 128 Couplet
09/01/2021 Swirling Oak Leaves 76 Quintain (Sicilian)
08/31/2021 Summer Fun 96 Tetractys
08/31/2021 Be Still My Heart 51 Rhyme
08/31/2021 The Boy Inside Me 150 Rhyme
08/31/2021 Couch Potato 59 Footle
08/31/2021 My Vagabond Dream 80 Monorhyme
08/31/2021 No Bane for Bullies 73 Sapphic stanza
08/30/2021 Hurry, Hurry, Don't Miss the Ferry 66 Rhyme
08/30/2021 Boy to Man 57 Limerick
08/30/2021 The Pettus Bridge 46 Free verse
08/30/2021 Gods At War 47 Rhyme
08/30/2021 Satisfying Sounds 48 Free verse
08/30/2021 The Vast Great Plains 36 Free verse
08/29/2021 Archie and Veronica 51 Clerihew
08/29/2021 Carnival Thoughts 31 Rhyme
08/29/2021 Faith Flies to This Heaving Breast 53 Rhyme
08/29/2021 Bugs 56 Tanka


Quote Left "That which makes America greatest is her diversity." --from "Lady Liberty Still Stands Proud in New York Harbor" Quote Right
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Quote Left Convincing empty promises too soon delude. from Thoughts on Inevitability by L. Milton Hankins Quote Right
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Quote Left Beware the clutches of boasting entitlement. Quote Right
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Quote Left "For not being who you were always meant to be is the grossest miscarriage of justice." from a poem by L. Milton Hankins Quote Right
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Quote Left "Self-denial is the pathway to hell on this earth" from a poem by L. Milton Hankins Quote Right
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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.

About this time, I published my first chapbook of poetry, The Lady in the Pink Hat. It was published by Candor Press in 1969.

(More recently) I obtained my master's and doctoral degees 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.