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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 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.


Blog Posted:6/2/2021 9:03:00 AM

Thanks to each one of you who submitted a poem about your father to my FATHER’S DAY ACROSTIC contest!

I can say, without reservation, I will never sponsor a contest like this one again, because it is extremely difficult to make selections for placement with such heartfelt sentiments, so honestly expressed.

So, with that being said, here was my criteria:

  1. Poems needed to be grammatically correct, appropriately punctuated, or they were automatically eliminated. My sincerest apologies to those folks for whom English is a second language, but you must remember, your poem is being submitted in English, so proper English must be the standard.
  2. Since I anticipated many “cookie-cutter” entries, I was looking for the unusual or creative approach.  I looked for personal touches, honesty, and truthful revelation of feelings about your father; also, your father’s feelings toward you. This eliminated poems written about fathers in general.
  3. Lastly, I took the qualifying poems and weighed them on the scale of my gut feelings. In the end, I selected my favorites right up the line!

Congratulations to the winners!  Indeed, to everyone who finds their names on this list of winners. But, truthfully, everyone who submitted a poem was a winner!

Regards,  --L. Milton Hankins (“Milt”)


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Date: 6/6/2021 5:21:00 PM
C'est la vie, fantastique winners, Milt, 'twas fun thanks
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Date: 6/8/2021 11:42:00 AM
Thanks so much, William. I'm glad you entered the contest.
Date: 6/5/2021 2:56:00 AM
Mine was heartfelt and honest, Milton, somehow it didn't touch your heart, anyway... It is pretty special to me:) congratulations to all the winners:)
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Date: 6/8/2021 11:41:00 AM
I knew someone would say that to me and break my heart! They were all fantastic, Jo, but I just went with the ones that seemed somehow a bit special to me. Now, I have to go back and read yours especially.
Date: 6/3/2021 6:32:00 AM
Yes, now you see how hard it is to judge a contest. This is why I hardly ever do it! In any event, I appreciate my win and want to congratulate the other winners. I enjoyed writing for your contest
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Date: 6/3/2021 3:21:00 PM
Thank you for participating, Andrea.
Date: 6/2/2021 5:38:00 PM
You are so right, Milton, contest are very hard to judge. Thank you so much for my placement. Congratulations to all the winners. Hugs Eve
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Date: 6/3/2021 3:21:00 PM
You are so welcome, Eve.
Date: 6/2/2021 9:30:00 AM
Milt, thank you for the inspiration, the contest and for my placement, it meant a lot to me to write about my father, and congratulations to all your winner, peace _Constance
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Date: 6/3/2021 3:20:00 PM
You are so welcome, Constance.

My Past Blog Posts

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
6/13/2021 Affair With a Star Rhymelight,mystery,night,space
6/13/2021 The Playground Is Bare Rhymechildren,
6/13/2021 My Grandmother's Vases Free verseart,grandmother,
6/13/2021 Last Visit with Cicadas Light Versehumorous,insect,sound,
6/13/2021 Not Quite Good Enough Limerickhumorous,
6/13/2021 Interstate Hookup Limerickhumor,
6/13/2021 The Narcissist in Rhyme Quatrainmental illness,people,psy
6/12/2021 A Simple Change for a Better World Quatrainanti bullying,care,change
6/12/2021 Snow Coupletnature,snow,winter,
6/12/2021 At the Seashore Haikubeach,beauty,bird,nature,
6/12/2021 Sad Songs From Our Youth Pantoumheartbreak,lost love,memo
6/12/2021 A Risque Show and Tell Free versechildren,humorous,school,
6/12/2021 Shadow Worlds in Faint Disguise Sonnetnature,sunshine,symbolism
6/12/2021 Welcome, Tiny Wren Trioletbird,nature,
6/11/2021 The Delivery Room Nonetbaby,birth,endurance,fath
6/11/2021 Someday Cinquaindream,future,travel,
6/11/2021 She Met Her Quota Limerickfun,humorous,
6/11/2021 Love Needs Constant Watering Blank verselove,lust,romance,
6/11/2021 Cacophony and Symphony Diamantemusic,sound,
6/11/2021 Forgetfulness Free versememory,perspective,philos
6/11/2021 Spring Showers Haikugrowth,rain,spring,
6/11/2021 Central Park Scene Light Verseanimal,nature,
6/11/2021 When the Well Runs Dry Light Versehumorous,poetry,words,wri
6/10/2021 A Ballet Dancer's Dilemma Narrativeangst,dance,for her,givin
6/10/2021 On Global Reset Coupletfuture,perspective,politi
6/10/2021 Dance of the Daisies Haikudance,flower,
6/10/2021 All Nature Sings Haikunature,sound,storm,wind,
6/10/2021 A Rejoicing Heart Sonnetheart,joy,music,spiritual
6/10/2021 Invitation to Summer Haikuflower,spring,summer,
6/10/2021 Lust or Money Quatrainevil,lust,money,sin,
6/10/2021 Ill-Tempered Words Villanellespoken word,words,
6/10/2021 Be Mindful of Others Free versephilosophy,spiritual,
6/10/2021 Solar Eclipse Haikumoon,nature,perspective,s
6/9/2021 Almost Unfaithful Sonnetadventure,betrayal,confli
6/9/2021 Covering Her Lines Limerickhumor,humorous,
6/9/2021 One Thing in Common Light Verseanxiety,travel,
6/9/2021 Terminal Anxiety Senryuanxiety,travel,
6/9/2021 Comes Another Dusk Dizaingod,love,sleep,sunset,
6/9/2021 Jesus, My Joy Terza Rimafaith,jesus,joy,love,
6/9/2021 A Tropical Paradise Triolettravel,vacation,
6/9/2021 Not Quite a Match Limerickhumor,humorous,
6/9/2021 Sighs Versehealth,wisdom,
6/8/2021 My Red Bandana Limerickhumorous,
6/8/2021 Expectations Monokuperspective,
6/8/2021 My Better Angels Prevailed Lentochange,character,encourag
6/8/2021 Above the Clouds Haikuflying,sky,
6/8/2021 Stories Haikuamerica,places,tree,
6/8/2021 Voices in the Breezes Haikuheaven,voice,wind,
6/8/2021 Impressions on a Central Florida Farm Pastoralfarm,peace,places,solitud
6/8/2021 Among the Ancient Stones Free versegrave,memorial day,rememb
6/8/2021 Vending Machines Free versefunny,humorous,irony,
6/8/2021 Impressions from an Alien Blank versefantasy,future,space,voya
6/4/2021 Cloud-Watching Haikuimagination,sky,
6/4/2021 Baking a Cake in Auntie's Kitchen Free versechild,childhood,cute,humo
6/4/2021 The Lady in the Pink Hat Quatrainjune,spoken word,woman,
6/4/2021 Weekend Fling Tankafun,sunshine,travel,
6/4/2021 Golden Sunshine Haikusky,sun,sunshine,
6/4/2021 The Robin's Song Blank versebird,morning,perspective,
6/4/2021 Things That Paralyze Us Epigramfear,
6/3/2021 Worshipping in Nature's Sanctuary Blank verseinspirational,nature,para
6/3/2021 My Thoughts on Psalm 23 Quatrainreligious,spiritual,
6/3/2021 The Horn Player Limerickmusic,
6/3/2021 The Riches of Infinite Faith Prose Poetrycourage,faith,people,
6/2/2021 But, What's for Dinner Diamantefood,
6/2/2021 No Longer a Threat Tankaanimal,fun,nature,
6/2/2021 The Happy Wanderer Limerickdrink,freedom,humorous,lo
6/2/2021 Facing a Brand New Day Dizainchange,cheer up,day,persp
6/2/2021 A Woodland Walk Blank versenature,remember,spring,
6/1/2021 'To Find Yourself' Trioletintrospection,philosophy,
6/1/2021 Sorry, Barbara Bush Quatrainendurance,food,health,hea
6/1/2021 Debutante Free verseage,metaphor,perspective,
6/1/2021 Empty Promises Monokuwords,
6/1/2021 Contagious Disease Tankaabuse,anti bullying,hurt,
6/1/2021 Angry Words Trioletanger,emotions,hurt,
6/1/2021 Thankful for Being Alive Sonnetlife,thanksgiving,
5/31/2021 We're All Going to Die--What the Heck Rhymecancer,death,family,histo
5/31/2021 Warm Spring Breezes Terza Rimaspring,travel,wind,
5/31/2021 No More Squirrels Haikuanimal,cat,nature,
5/31/2021 Unwelcome Nesters Haikubird,fire,nature,
5/31/2021 First Space Flight Ever Free verseearth,flying,sky,space,
5/31/2021 My Conscience Dizainself,voice,
5/30/2021 Small Nudging Voices Trioletconflict,how i feel,intro
5/30/2021 Cold Snap Haikucool,may,spring,winter,
5/30/2021 Be True to Yourself Diminished Hexaversefate,philosophy,truth,
5/30/2021 A Wasting Life Monokudestiny,fate,life,
5/30/2021 Frontier Tragedy Quatrainnostalgia,remember,symbol
5/30/2021 Who Makes an Enemy Villanelleencouraging,inspirational
5/29/2021 She Was a Flirt - BAWDY Limerickhumorous,sensual,sexy,
5/29/2021 Rose Buds to Remember Quatraindeath,flower,life,rose,
5/29/2021 Personal Best Tankarace,sports,
5/29/2021 No Moral Support Limerickmountains,sports,
5/29/2021 Three Young Girls Sonnetchildren,future,girl,pers
5/29/2021 Anger Does Not Cleanse the Wounded Soul Terzanelleanger,depression,hurt,
5/29/2021 Empty Nesters Haikubird,nature,
5/29/2021 Wilted Free verseflower,funeral,
5/28/2021 Stomach Ache Tankalove,lust,sick,
5/28/2021 Muddy Boots Limerickboy,house,mother,
5/28/2021 Summer Rain Haikurain,summer,
5/28/2021 My Sister's Secret Box Villanelleanger,brother,growing up,
5/28/2021 Unexpected Criticism Tankatruth,words,

My Photos

Fav Poems

Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
A Pig Questions Light Versehumor,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
To Her Son in Law Light Versehumor,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
Vanishing Specter Terza Rimafriend,travel,truth,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Eloquent Epitaphs Rhymehumor,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Flagpole Fannie Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
The Honeymoon Light Versehumor,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
A Song of Three Rhymefun,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
Artie's Aviary Alliteration7th grade,8th grade,bird,
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
The Nature of a Shadow Light Versesurreal,
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
this old building Versehome,
Another Lifetime Versework,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
The Holy Road Free versewar,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,

Fav Poets

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Janis Thompson United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Thomas Wells United States Flag United States Read
Linda Fowler United States Flag United States Read
Jones Muta Tanzania Flag Tanzania Read
William Tatum United States Flag United States Read
charles messina United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Stanfield Major United States Flag United States Read
Wendy Watson United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Rico Leffanta United States Flag United States Read
Caren Krutsinger United States Flag United States Read
Virginia Gelok Canada Flag Canada Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Regina McIntosh United States Flag United States Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
Chantelle Anne Cooke United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Terry Miller United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Ken Rone United States Flag United States Read
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