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09/20/2020 Merov's Ghost and Other Shots Across my Bow 15 Rhyme
09/16/2020 I'm So Lucky 27 Rhyme
09/14/2020 Finding Shelter During End Times 24 Rhyme
09/04/2020 The Red Turtle's Gift 47 Rhyme
08/30/2020 Competing for Satan's Love 21 Rhyme
08/15/2020 A Callused View of Human Calluses 58 Rhyme
08/12/2020 What Love Might Say 58 Rhyme
08/10/2020 On the Loss of a Friend Who Still Lives 28 Rhyme
08/06/2020 Each Day of Our Lives 50 Rhyme
07/26/2020 The Flood, Christ's Death 49 Rhyme
07/21/2020 A 'Chicken' One Can Milk 60 Rhyme
07/18/2020 My Last Breath 38 Rhyme
07/16/2020 Verda Lee Allen 32 Rhyme
07/13/2020 Tasting Africa, One L----ick at a Time - Part 1 66 Rhyme
07/13/2020 Tasting Africa, One L----ick at a Time - Part 2 58 Rhyme
07/09/2020 Canary Collusion 75 Rhyme
07/07/2020 Intimate Scammers 79 Rhyme
07/02/2020 She Never Chose Me - Revised 49 Rhyme
06/29/2020 Mental Constipation 63 Rhyme
06/29/2020 Life in Deep Space - Air Added 70 Rhyme
06/25/2020 In Praise of the Naked Truth 68 Rhyme
06/14/2020 Living Dangerously 45 Rhyme
05/26/2020 Forever, Love 44 Rhyme
05/18/2020 Hail 'Ha,' Well Met 60 Rhyme
05/17/2020 Discovered Seashells - More or Less Intact 91 Rhyme
05/12/2020 Still Counting Past Blessings 76 Rhyme
05/08/2020 Exigent Kisses 50 Rhyme
05/07/2020 Culling the Herd 62 Rhyme
05/02/2020 Phil - A Memorial Poem 56 Rhyme
04/29/2020 Systemic 'Pandemics' 61 Rhyme
04/23/2020 Vaporku 47 Haiku
04/17/2020 Be Secure in Your Faith 84 Rhyme
04/08/2020 Running Out the Clock 99 Rhyme
03/23/2020 silence - give me breath Revised 82 Rhyme
02/17/2020 Life in Deep Space 103 Rhyme
02/07/2020 All That 'I AM' 91 Rhyme
02/02/2020 Seventy X Seven 80 Rhyme
12/10/2019 Dangerous Liaisons - Now With Notes 147 Rhyme
11/28/2019 Warmth 89 Rhyme
11/27/2019 Diana's Dilemma 80 Sonnet
11/16/2019 Even as I Sleep 88 Rhyme
10/27/2019 Clearing Out Old-Growth - Now with notes 129 Rhyme
10/12/2019 An Idiot's Guide to Prostitution 79 Rhyme
10/10/2019 Human Hypocrisy 155 Rhyme
10/09/2019 Things Happen 102 Haiku
10/04/2019 Drink Deeply of This Cup, Dear Friend 133 Rhyme
09/28/2019 Unintended Consequences 75 Rhyme
09/25/2019 Make a Sad Song Better 79 Rhyme
09/24/2019 So Sadly Now, These Arms 114 Rhyme
09/22/2019 Life on the Edge 103 Rhyme
09/05/2019 Humility IS the Brightest Love 110 Rhyme
08/31/2019 Poetry Defined 87 Rhyme
08/28/2019 Although 114 Rhyme
08/19/2019 An Idiot's Guide to Being a Hero 89 Rhyme
08/17/2019 Should Tomorrow Start Without Me 76 Rhyme
08/16/2019 Mixed Metaphors 104 Rhyme
08/14/2019 Humility 150 Rhyme
08/12/2019 Hidden Treasures 98 Rhyme
08/07/2019 'X' Rated - Infinite Stars 80 Rhyme
08/01/2019 The Ins and Outs of Love 83 Rhyme
07/28/2019 Should I Ever Leave You 82 Rhyme
07/26/2019 How I See It - Libs Vs Cons 88 Rhyme
07/25/2019 Schroedinger's Cat 103 Haiku
07/23/2019 'Tasting' the Lips of Heaven 137 Rhyme
07/22/2019 Minimizing Pain 126 Rhyme
07/13/2019 Potty Mouth 129 Rhyme
07/10/2019 There's Too Much Death 116 Rhyme
07/06/2019 Brian's Song - So Easy to Please 90 Rhyme
07/01/2019 So Spaced 113 Rhyme
06/25/2019 Renaissance Man 95 Rhyme
06/24/2019 Octopuses From Outer Space 150 Rhyme
06/23/2019 I Live to Write 120 Rhyme
06/21/2019 I Come Before You 159 Rhyme
06/20/2019 Blue Sky Departures 103 Rhyme
06/14/2019 Worthy of Praise 139 Rhyme
06/10/2019 The Death of God - And Other Matters 108 Rhyme
06/04/2019 Doggerel Romance 195 Rhyme
06/04/2019 The Precipice of Greatness 110 Rhyme
06/02/2019 Poetry or Masturbation 114 Rhyme
06/02/2019 A Healthy Death 100 Rhyme
05/23/2019 Clue 'Kluxless' Christians 198 Limerick
05/20/2019 silence - give me breath 165 Rhyme
05/16/2019 What Moves Me 120 Rhyme
05/10/2019 No One 135 Rhyme
05/07/2019 Oh, Sir 201 Rhyme
05/06/2019 Life With Kimmy 126 Rhyme
05/01/2019 Oh, Don't Blame Me 216 Rhyme
04/28/2019 An Injured Dog 241 Rhyme
04/25/2019 Can't Make Me Stop 106 Rhyme
04/21/2019 The Chosen One 178 Rhyme
04/21/2019 What Then Endures 120 Rhyme
04/19/2019 The Gift of Tears 138 Rhyme
04/07/2019 Slandering a Poet's Poem 151 Rhyme
04/04/2019 To What Friends May Hear My Poems 176 Rhyme
04/04/2019 S--t Happens 245 Rhyme
04/03/2019 No Human Waste Used to Compost the Verses of This Poem 134 Free verse
04/01/2019 The Sins of Men 148 Rhyme
03/31/2019 Poetry for Jack and Jill 162 Rhyme
03/30/2019 Circles Within Circles 262 Rhyme
03/23/2019 Kim's Birthday Poem 195 Rhyme


Quote Left Physics and Math are as real as it gets, Philosophy is just entertainment! Quote Right
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Quote Left Like a tangible ether, your heart is what floats art! Quote Right
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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.