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12/11/2022 I Need a Vacation 1525 Light Verse
12/11/2022 Moonlight In Winter 433 Haiku
12/11/2022 A Trip To the Doctor 691 Rhyme
12/11/2022 Reliability Is Hard To Come By 375 Pantoum
12/11/2022 Credit Where Credit Is Due 449 Light Verse
12/10/2022 Once In Your Life 449 Light Verse
12/10/2022 Around the Us On a Greyhound Bus - Part One 567 Narrative
12/10/2022 Follow the Fire 432 Rhyme
12/10/2022 Sandy Beaches - a Parody 547 Lyric
12/10/2022 Putin's Predicament 280 Limerick
12/10/2022 Love Finds a Way 390 Triolet
12/10/2022 Pathway To Peace 462 Villanelle
12/09/2022 Santa Is Not Jesus's Name 500 Rhyme
12/09/2022 I Resolve 432 Monorhyme
12/09/2022 Autumn Still-Life 545 Free verse
12/08/2022 Living In the Country 501 Quintain (English)
12/08/2022 All Things Change 313 Couplet
12/08/2022 Another Wintry Day 259 Triolet
12/08/2022 On Looking At a Dali 488 Terzanelle
12/08/2022 On Bullying 351 Couplet
12/08/2022 A Little Christmas Poem 298 Rhyme
12/08/2022 Freedom Pub 305 Quintain (Sicilian)
12/07/2022 Come, Let Us Sing 327 Lyric
12/07/2022 Sing We Now a Song of Christmas 350 Acrostic
12/07/2022 What I Believe 614 Terza Rima
12/07/2022 Tomorrow Is Promising 314 Villanelle
12/07/2022 Dishing Out Nasty 427 Light Verse
12/07/2022 Every Day Christmas 262 Free verse
12/07/2022 Icy Crystals On Grass 359 Haiku
12/06/2022 On Sighing 386 Terzanelle
12/06/2022 No Time For Flip-Flops 297 Senryu
12/06/2022 Memorable Occasions 271 Senryu
12/06/2022 Christmas In Paris With Gentle Snow Falling 422 Rhyme
12/06/2022 Choir Practice 449 Verse
12/06/2022 A December Memento 313 Quintain (Sicilian)
12/06/2022 Unnecessary Words 318 Quatrain
12/05/2022 Paris At Christmas 448 Senryu
12/05/2022 A Child Is Born 334 Acrostic
12/05/2022 On Criticizing Others 810 Villanelle
12/05/2022 Happiness Is a Cherished Memory Revisited 493 Quatern
12/05/2022 Sledding 267 Tanka
12/05/2022 Tears of Joy 347 Haiku
12/05/2022 Some Children Won'T Be Around For Christmas 356 Pantoum
12/04/2022 My 81st Birthday 381 Triolet
12/04/2022 Time Change 208 Haiku
12/04/2022 A Christmas Gift 287 Monoku
12/04/2022 Tragedy At Sea 268 Epitaph
12/04/2022 Icicles - Vanishing Wealth 263 Haiku
12/04/2022 Promoters of Hate 335 Quatrain
12/04/2022 Original Best Poet Poem 414 Pantoum
12/04/2022 Need I Say More 268 Quatrain
12/03/2022 My Best Poet List 617 Pantoum
12/03/2022 Dot To Dot 411 Pantoum
12/03/2022 Anticipating Christmas 357 Free verse
12/03/2022 Talking About My Birthday 306 Free verse
12/03/2022 Facial Hair 348 Monorhyme
12/03/2022 Consider the Lilies 459 Triolet
12/03/2022 African Poinsettia 394 Free verse
12/03/2022 Flowery Words 362 Monoku
12/02/2022 The Last Carrot 291 Light Verse
12/02/2022 Poinsettia 366 Acrostic
12/02/2022 On Disliking Surprises 302 Pantoum
12/02/2022 Christmas Card 305 Triolet
12/02/2022 Christmas Afternoon 354 Quintain (English)
12/01/2022 Fairy Castles 407 Quintain (Sicilian)
12/01/2022 Sounds of the Season 457 Triolet
12/01/2022 December Observations 302 Rhyme
12/01/2022 The New Christmas Tree 301 Light Verse
11/30/2022 Love Conquers All 342 Triolet
11/30/2022 Colors In the Sky 348 Free verse
11/30/2022 Astral Travel 309 Rhyme
11/30/2022 Presents Under the Tree 586 Villanelle
11/29/2022 Death By Dynamite 468 Epitaph
11/29/2022 On Self-Sufficiency 499 Quintilla
11/29/2022 Magic In the Air 422 Triolet
11/29/2022 Sleigh Ride 495 Villanelle
11/29/2022 Sweet Smells of Christmas 447 Rhyme
11/28/2022 Politics At the Dinner Table 392 Quintilla
11/28/2022 On Portraiture 336 Pantoum
11/28/2022 Grieving At Christmas 574 Quatern
11/27/2022 Missus Claus's Fear 458 Limerick
11/27/2022 Saint Nicholas 367 Limerick
11/27/2022 Never Give Up 447 Pantoum
11/27/2022 Sincere Suggestions 378 Didactic
11/27/2022 My Final Word 458 Quintain (Sicilian)
11/27/2022 Winter Robin 437 Pantoum
11/26/2022 Late Birds 435 Haiku
11/26/2022 The I-G-A-B 339 Light Verse
11/26/2022 Identical Twins 344 Limerick
11/26/2022 A Page Unturned 373 Villanelle
11/26/2022 Looking For Gems 446 Quintain (Sicilian)
11/26/2022 Bright Day In November 340 Triolet
11/26/2022 Be Who You Are 489 Monoku
11/26/2022 Tomorrow Is Promising 363 Pantoum
11/25/2022 Not All Change Is Good 452 Quatrain
11/25/2022 As I Look Back 422 Monorhyme
11/24/2022 Thanksgiving Sin 354 Light Verse
11/24/2022 Thanksgiving Stuffed 318 Light Verse
11/23/2022 How Rudolph Lost His Job 331 Quatrain
11/23/2022 I Walk Through Shadow 433 Rondeau Redouble


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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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.

Between 1968 and 1981, my poems appeared in Christian Century, Writer, The Poet, Cameo, Grit, Quintessence, Author/Poet, Tangent, The American Poet, Prairie Poets, The Baptist Leader, and Parnassus. My poems appeared in the following anthologies:  Major Poets Anthology #6, Prairie Press Books, The Soul and the Singer Anthology, Young Publications, Field of Daisies, Nina Brewer Henry, Editor, Prairie Press Books, and Yearbook of Modern Poetry, 1981, Young Publications,  

Articles and short stories appeared in Hoosier Challenger, Housewife/Writer's Forum, Capper's Weekly, Vegetarian Times, Writer's Digest, Equipping Youth, The West Virginia Hillbilly, The Mountain Laurel, Christian Education Today, Leadership, Christian Leadership, The Final Draft, Writer's World, A Better Life For You, Lifeglow, The Messenger, Collector's News and the Antique Reporter, Writer's Gazette Newsletter, Animal Press, The Central Virginian, Pocket Inspirations, The Preacher's Magazine, Chips Off the Writer's Block, Huckleberry, West Virginia--Then and Now, AIM Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Fiction Forum, and i:The First Person.

(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, mentioned previously, and including Biblical Illustrator and the renowned Pulpit Digest. In 1992-1993 I was selected for Who's Who in Religion. I was also elected to the international poetry society, Y Escambi 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.

In the past couple of years, some of my poems have appeared in PS: It's Poetry, Arczis Technologies, Inc., Nursery Rhymes & Stories, Eve Roper, Compiler, Kindle Direct Publishing, and PS: It's Still Poetry, Volume II, Arczis Technologies, Inc.

My "A Sensible Look at Genesis" and my autobiograph "A Pedestal in the Closet" remain unpublished. I have edited three doctoral theses and continue to edit poetry chapbooks and short stories for family and friends. 

I have been interviewed on both radio and television. For two years (2016-2017) I published and edited my own website, "A Columnist With a View."

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. In the years since her death, I have been very active on the Poetry Soup and All Poetry websites. 

I continue my work as a freelance writer and editor. I am available for editing projects by contacting me at: