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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.


Blog Posted:8/23/2021 1:45:00 PM

I GOOFED!!!  In setting up my latest contest, "Four Line Light 
Verse, No. 2, I failed to check the box for Premier Contest, so THIS CONTEST WILL NOT BE A TROPHY CONTEST. There will be only 10 winners, but no trophy awarded for the first place poem. I AM SO SORRY! 

I TRIED TO ERASE THE CONTEST AND START ALL OVER AGAIN, but apparently that cannot be done. Just give me a flogging with a wet noodle, and I'll try to do better next time.

Most cordially,


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Date: 9/1/2021 3:19:00 AM
standard contests are okay too, once in a while, especially for newbies just jump-starting their journey at PS.
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Date: 8/25/2021 10:21:00 AM
I think this is fine; you have fixed it now.
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Date: 8/30/2021 9:06:00 PM
I hope so!
Date: 8/24/2021 11:27:00 AM
The trophy will be there in spirit :)
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Date: 8/24/2021 9:28:00 AM
Milt, everyone makes mistakes, no big deal, but you CAN edit the contest description, I do it all the time, just click on your contest and go to the body of the description and change whatever you want, and hit update, it may take a few minutes to take, so leave it for a bit and you will see it is fixed, true you cannot change the type of contest, or delete the contest but you can change the number of entries, the title and the description ~Constance
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Date: 9/4/2021 6:37:00 PM
In the future, I am going to take much more time setting up my contests so that I get them right the first go-round. I find too many mistakes in contest directions. The format could probably be improved upon by upstairs management. (chuckle)
Date: 8/30/2021 9:06:00 PM
I have tried this several times, Constance, but it never works for me. IDKW.
Date: 8/23/2021 3:49:00 PM
hey give more than ten wins this time, why don't you? I got all excited when I saw it was a standard contest!!! hahaha.
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Date: 8/23/2021 4:33:00 PM
Andrea, I may just do that! Good suggestion!
Date: 8/23/2021 2:37:00 PM
Hey Milt, welcome back! I noticed that Terry's list of poems and the poem page itself, shows the trophy and his name appears 'neath the list of Premiere winners? I see that you wanted the same-o, btw, the soupmail I sent, I'll post that or another, dunno? My earlier meaning is that your new contest is a Premiere? Aloha!
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William Kekaula
Date: 8/23/2021 4:45:00 PM
Okay ... darn lengthy updates--I see it took an hour making my point--the only way to out the Gremlin. TPS; Gremlin in my Monorhyme, unable to effect change, their reply came after the contest ended. Andrea blogged same-o with her ongoing CD Uncontest, Aloha!
Date: 8/23/2021 4:33:00 PM
That's the problem, William. IT WILL NOT BE A TROPHY CONTEST LIKE MY PREVIOUS CONTEST. If I could erase the whole thing and start all over I would...which, I think, is a flaw in Poetry Soup's program!
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Date: 8/23/2021 3:39:00 PM
Thanks, Tom--I had a Gremlin boot me out--I just posted my point. Don't know Milt's meaning Trophy win in his now-standard contest?
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 8/23/2021 3:33:00 PM
That one was ok William, its his new contest he goofed on.
Date: 8/23/2021 2:08:00 PM
I think you're still in holiday mode Milton lol, I hope you had a lovely time away and welcome back. We all make mistakes sometimes so don't beat yourself up over it. Tom
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Date: 8/23/2021 1:47:00 PM
that is funny a wet noodle :) we all make mistakes.
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Date: 8/23/2021 1:56:00 PM
Thank you so much, Eve. It is soooo embarassing! Although I don't know how to do it, I would like to have ten new names on the winner's list. I may keep this type of contest going, so I'll do better next time, I'm sure!~!!!

My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 8/23/2021 1:45:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/15/2021 7:44:00 PM
"Trionet" Contest Finalized
Date Posted: 7/2/2021 8:38:00 AM
A Personal Message from "Milt"
Date Posted: 6/21/2021 7:43:00 PM
Date Posted: 6/2/2021 9:03:00 AM
Date Posted: 5/9/2021 8:46:00 AM
Date Posted: 4/21/2021 1:53:00 PM
PROS and CONS of PS Poetry Contests
Date Posted: 4/17/2021 3:13:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/16/2021 My Notebook Rhymehow i feel,
9/16/2021 Plight of the Elderly Rispettoage,care,sad,
9/16/2021 Sometimes Light Versehow i feel,humorous,persp
9/16/2021 Icicles Haikuimagery,nature,water,
9/15/2021 Future's Mysteries Verselonging,lost love,
9/15/2021 When Dark Clouds Overshadowed the Sun's Ray Villanelleautumn,nature,seasons,
9/15/2021 Face Masks Quatrainhealth,
9/15/2021 Shanghai Carpenter Limerickhumorous,
9/14/2021 Response to Rude Darts Rhymeanti bullying,endurance,g
9/12/2021 Being a Liberal Rhymeanti bullying,how i feel,
9/12/2021 Narcissistic Boors Quatrainpeople,psychological,
9/12/2021 Fog Is Rising Free versenature,river,sports,
9/12/2021 The Appalachians Free verseadventure,money,mountains
9/12/2021 Longing to Be Free Sonnetage,city,home,life,memory
9/12/2021 Before the First Snow Free versenature,seasons,
9/12/2021 Where Does the Green Go Rhymeseasons,
9/11/2021 Feather Senryubird,nature,symbolism,
9/11/2021 Journey Free versejourney,
9/11/2021 Poem Epigramchange,life,poems,write,
9/11/2021 The Fawn Trioletanimal,nature,
9/11/2021 Purpose in Nature Tankaappreciation,autumn,natur
9/11/2021 Memory of 9-11-2001 Coupletanxiety,change,confusion,
9/11/2021 Red Cannas Haikuautumn,flower,garden,sad,
9/11/2021 I Am Mesmerized Free verseallusion,beach,how i feel
9/10/2021 Last Sigh Haikusummer,
9/10/2021 Time of Unrest Free verseangst,conflict,confusion,
9/10/2021 How Do I Write Rhymewriting,
9/10/2021 Indian Summer Haikunature,summer,weather,win
9/10/2021 Grandma's Prediction Rispettograndmother,religious,wis
9/10/2021 The Buzzard Free versebird,death,nature,
9/9/2021 On Being Blocked Quatrainhow i feel,
9/9/2021 Naked As a Jailbird Limerickhumorous,
9/9/2021 Hurtin' Songs Rhymeblue,love hurts,music,sad
9/9/2021 Illusion Quatraindream,imagery,
9/9/2021 In a Hurting World Diminished Hexaverseamerica,angst,anxiety,con
9/9/2021 Degradation Rhymehistory,holocaust,horror,
9/8/2021 Arrested for Tossing Diamonds Free versefun,humorous,
9/8/2021 Hosting Jeopardy Light Versefun,games,how i feel,humo
9/8/2021 Victims of War Tankaveterans day,war,
9/8/2021 Morning Shadows Haikumorning,sun,
9/8/2021 Conspiracies Tetractysconfusion,voice,words,
9/8/2021 Early Morning Shadows Free versepoverty,
9/8/2021 Sighs Free verseperspective,
9/7/2021 Love Blooms in Early Age Dizainlove,youth,
9/7/2021 This Disgruntled Troll Quatrainconflict,feelings,how i f
9/7/2021 The Screw Light Verseangst,humorous,
9/6/2021 Listen to Me Free versehow i feel,
9/6/2021 Morning Joe Rhymenonsense,poetry,
9/6/2021 Color Me - The Future Is Coming Free versecolor,future,perspective,
9/6/2021 Sundown Acrosticeve,sky,sunset,
9/6/2021 To a Former Friend Political Verseanxiety,betrayal,conflict
9/6/2021 Worthy of Consideration Free versehow i feel,people,perspec
9/6/2021 Arguments Quatrainhow i feel,spoken word,
9/6/2021 Some Unsolicited Advice Monorhymehumor,perspective,
9/6/2021 Echo Tetractyssound,voice,
9/5/2021 Lawn Flowers Haikuflower,nature,sleep,winte
9/5/2021 Long Range Weather Forecast Free versememory,seasons,snow,weath
9/5/2021 Coming Storm Trioletnature,rain,sky,storm,
9/5/2021 SNAFU at the Met Quintillamusic,song,
9/5/2021 Mexican Memory Limerickhumorous,
9/5/2021 I Breathe Again Rhymelove,romantic love,words,
9/5/2021 Harmony Rhymeflower,garden,song,
9/4/2021 Random Rhymes Footlehumorous,
9/4/2021 Hummingbird Rhymebird,flying,nature,
9/4/2021 A Hard Rain Fell Trioletenvironment,garden,night,
9/4/2021 Mind Over Matter Diamanteperspective,
9/4/2021 Loneliness at Dusk Nonetfeelings,how i feel,lonel
9/4/2021 Success With Words Kimosuccess,words,writing,
9/4/2021 She Touched My Heart Quatrainaddiction,child,child abu
9/3/2021 I Remember When Quatrainchange,childhood,life,mot
9/3/2021 Autumn Gold Verseautumn,color,nature,
9/3/2021 Weeding the Garden Haikugarden,
9/2/2021 Morning on the Farm Idyll (Idyl)farm,morning,peace,places
9/2/2021 Autumn Acrosticautumn,seasons,weather,
9/2/2021 Clinical Tests Light Versehow i feel,humorous,me,
9/2/2021 Your Finest Hour Monokuhope,inspirational,
9/2/2021 USPS-Approved Light Versehumorous,
9/2/2021 Self-Evaluation Light Versehow i feel,humorous,me,se
9/1/2021 Autumn Job Tankaautumn,jobs,work,
9/1/2021 Caught in the Act - BAWDY Limerick5th grade,boy,humorous,na
9/1/2021 Couldn't Think of Gardenia Limerickcrazy,dance,flower,humoro
9/1/2021 Apt Apology Light Versefeelings,sorry,words,
9/1/2021 Two's Company, Three's a Crowd Rhymehumorous,
9/1/2021 Wasted Words Coupletpoems,poetess,words,
9/1/2021 Swirling Oak Leaves Quintain (Sicilian)autumn,motivation,nature,
8/31/2021 Summer Fun Tetractysfamily,fun,places,summer,
8/31/2021 Be Still My Heart Rhymebeautiful,beauty,lust,wom
8/31/2021 The Boy Inside Me Rhymeage,child,identity,intros
8/31/2021 Couch Potato Footlehumorous,word play,words,
8/31/2021 My Vagabond Dream Monorhymedream,freedom,happiness,h
8/31/2021 No Bane for Bullies Sapphic stanzabullying,evil,hurt,
8/30/2021 Hurry, Hurry, Don't Miss the Ferry Rhymenursery rhyme,
8/30/2021 Boy to Man Limerickhumorous,
8/30/2021 The Pettus Bridge Free versefreedom,racism,river,wate
8/30/2021 Gods At War Rhymedark,rain,scary,storm,
8/30/2021 Satisfying Sounds Free versesound,
8/30/2021 The Vast Great Plains Free verseamerica,places,travel,
8/29/2021 Archie and Veronica Clerihewhumorous,word play,
8/29/2021 Carnival Thoughts Rhymecrush,humorous,youth,
8/29/2021 Faith Flies to This Heaving Breast Rhymefaith,hope,sorrow,

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Fav Poems

Lazy Bones Rhymework,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
Flagpole Fannie Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
Artie's Aviary Alliteration7th grade,8th grade,bird,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
Precious Black Night Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
A Song of Three Rhymefun,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
Man Child Versechild,childhood,men,
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Another Lifetime Versework,
Again Verselove,snow,
this old building Versehome,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
An Old Wise Fish Light Versehumor,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,

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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
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
David Walker United States Flag United States Read
Barry Freeman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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