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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:11/10/2021 10:10:00 AM

If you have not entered my Thanksgiving Tanka contest, there is only one slot remaining, so don't get left out.

I would like to get the contest wrapped up before I leave on vacation on Tuesday. Thanks so much. The tankas so far have been marvelous, but yours just might be the best of all. Who knows????


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Date: 11/11/2021 5:44:00 AM
Milt, thanks for the contest and have a great vacation ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
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My Past Blog Posts

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Judging My Couplets Contest
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"Trionet" Contest Finalized
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A Personal Message from "Milt"
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PROS and CONS of PS Poetry Contests
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/29/2021 Icicles Haikuwinter,
11/29/2021 Bonfire of the Tires Free versefun,memory,snow,sports,wi
11/29/2021 Rebuttal to a Nasty Poetess Sonnethow i feel,poetess,thank
11/29/2021 Beneath Them Steady Waters Still Are Flowing Sonnetboat,river,sports,winter,
11/29/2021 Chimes Pealing Quatrainchristmas,music,
11/29/2021 No War on Christmas Coupletchristmas,
11/29/2021 Keep It Simple Light Versehow i feel,
11/28/2021 End of November Monorhymenovember,
11/28/2021 When Grandpa Died Quatrainclass,death,grandfather,
11/28/2021 Footprints in the Sand Free verseinspirational,leadership,
11/28/2021 I Shall Write of Bygone Days Rhymememory,remember,simple,
11/28/2021 Yesterday Sonnetfuture,hope,how i feel,to
11/27/2021 Of Infinity Sonnetspace,time,
11/27/2021 Unlucky Limerickhow i feel,humorous,
11/27/2021 Perhaps Versedream,future,mystery,
11/26/2021 First Snowflakes Haikufun,nature,snow,
11/26/2021 On the Brink of Tranquility Free versetruth,
11/26/2021 Creative Exploration Fibonacciimagination,perspective,p
11/26/2021 Peach on the Beach Limerickhumorous,
11/26/2021 Verbosity Epigramwords,
11/26/2021 The Sympathizing Tear Trioletstrength,sympathy,thanks,
11/26/2021 Agendaless Exuberance Dizaindestiny,freedom,future,su
11/26/2021 The Beat of Drums Free versemusic,onomatopoeia,senses
11/24/2021 First Impressions Light Verseemotions,language,smile,s
11/24/2021 Water's Edge Haikuanimal,nature,sea,
11/24/2021 Majestic Princess Free verseboat,vacation,voyage,
11/24/2021 Dolphins Haikuanimal,friendship,nature,
11/24/2021 Shadowy Figures Free versepeople,
11/24/2021 I Feel Her Presence Coupletbeach,longing,loss,memory
11/24/2021 Two Young Lovers Free verseanti bullying,beach,coura
11/24/2021 Naked Feet Free versebeach,nature,
11/24/2021 Schooner at Sunset Free versebeach,sea,sunset,
11/24/2021 Airport Bustle Rhymepeople,travel,
11/14/2021 My Birthday Quatrainbirthday,me,
11/14/2021 Mittened Hands Haikuchildren,winter,
11/12/2021 Leave Me Alone Trioletgrief,loneliness,solitude
11/12/2021 Reflections in the Pond Free versenature,seasons,water,
11/11/2021 Paulette - 1 Versebaby,bereavement,loss,
11/10/2021 Why I Am Thankful Free verseblessing,thanksgiving,tha
11/10/2021 Writer's Block Quatrainangst,vacation,writing,
11/9/2021 True Love Never Dies Rhymelonely,longing,lost love,
11/9/2021 Freighter At Sea Quatrainsea,
11/9/2021 A Midwinter's Dream Terza Rimaflower,seasons,snow,sprin
11/9/2021 A Terrorist Strikes Quintillaamerica,angst,confusion,h
11/9/2021 Laying Blame Quatrainculture,language,society,
11/9/2021 My Cataracts Quatrainimage,
11/8/2021 Imponderables Trioletmuse,philosophy,truth,
11/8/2021 Ol' Doc Jim Limerickhumorous,
11/8/2021 Happiness Epigramhappiness,
11/8/2021 Spy Rock Rhymeconflict,freedom,patrioti
11/8/2021 The Meaning of Life Rhymelife,meaningful,places,
11/7/2021 My Deja-vu Sonnetadventure,dream,fantasy,
11/7/2021 Sunday Afternoon Quintillafamily,sound,
11/7/2021 Leaves Haikunature,
11/6/2021 The Burial Arrangement Quatrainabuse,character,death,fat
11/6/2021 Older Cemeteries Trioletmemorial,places,
11/6/2021 Stolen Identity Light Versehumorous,identity,
11/5/2021 Proper Use of the Zerox Copier - AP Free versehumor,writing,
11/5/2021 At the Old Grist Mill Rhymeplaces,
11/5/2021 Thoughts on the War of Late Rhymehow i feel,loss,war,
11/5/2021 Timely Escape Limerickhumorous,
11/5/2021 Despair Epigramdepression,
11/5/2021 The Writer In Me Quatrainperspective,words,writing
11/5/2021 Early Awakening Dizainmorning,sleep,writing,
11/4/2021 DIWALI Acrosticholiday,inspirational,lig
11/4/2021 First Cold Snap Haikunature,weather,
11/4/2021 Preparing for Winter Rhymeanimal,flower,nature,wint
11/4/2021 Aunt Mabel's Latest Letter Monorhymefamily,humorous,
11/3/2021 Around Our Thanksgiving Table Rhymefamily,thanksgiving day,
11/3/2021 With Plastic, No Hibernating Versebody,grandmother,memory,n
11/3/2021 The Lost Coin - Unfinished Rhymeadventure,childhood,fun,l
11/2/2021 I, the Libertarian Free versefreedom,how i feel,politi
11/2/2021 The Authentic Me Quintain (Sicilian)how i feel,
11/2/2021 A Joyful Life Free versejoy,life,music,
11/2/2021 November Monorhymenovember,thanksgiving,vet
11/2/2021 I, the Lover Free versebeauty,love,patriotic,poe
11/2/2021 Wintry Friezes Verseart,winter,
11/2/2021 Mother Nature Provides Fibonaccianimal,nature,winter,
11/2/2021 Fallen Leaves Trioletnature,
11/2/2021 Quality of Discourse Quatrainspoken word,
11/1/2021 Hearty Poetry Soup Rhymelove,poets,thank you,than
11/1/2021 America At Her Best Rhymeamerica,growth,life,persp
11/1/2021 Homeless in Hackensack Limericklife,lonely,sad,urban,
11/1/2021 I, the Seeker of Truth Free versehow i feel,political,trus
10/31/2021 I, the Liberal Free versehistory,how i feel,leader
10/31/2021 I, the Hypocrite Free versechristian,how i feel,jesu
10/31/2021 I, the Skeptic Free verseconflict,god,holocaust,ho
10/31/2021 Window Painting Fibonacciart,children,winter,
10/31/2021 Night Fishing Free versefishing,night,
10/30/2021 Excerpt from Song of the Lark Free versebird,cheer up,morning,
10/30/2021 Signs of Winter Haikuanimal,nature,tree,winter
10/30/2021 Meredith Tooley Limerickbullying,humorous,
10/30/2021 Unrelenting Sadness Knocks Villanelleangst,autumn,conflict,dep
10/30/2021 The Video Game Free verseimagination,life,perspect
10/30/2021 Childhood Revisited Rhymeamerica,child,childhood,c
10/29/2021 Before the Fireplace Warming Terza Rimafire,muse,poems,words,wri
10/29/2021 Something Beautiful Rhymebaby,beautiful,life,
10/29/2021 On Writing Contest Poetry Light Versehow i feel,poems,poetry,p
10/29/2021 The Dispatcher Free versenature,night,work,
10/28/2021 Though Winter Comes Free verseflower,nature,

My Photos

Fav Poems

Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
Flagpole Fannie - POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
Precious Black Night Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
The American Indian Rhymeappreciation,beauty,histo
Artie's Aviary Alliteration7th grade,8th grade,bird,
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
Man Child Versechild,childhood,men,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
Nobody Knows the Rubble I Have Seen Light Verse2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
this old building Versehome,
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Another Lifetime Versework,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
Again Verselove,snow,
Some With Faces Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
The Wilderness II: Gethsemane Rhymemental illness,society,we
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
Gertie Reports Glory of Lazy Eye Rhymehumorous,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
I Am But a Grain of Sand Rhymecharacter,how i feel,phil
Survivors Guilt Narrativedeath,grief,how i feel,
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,

Fav Poets

Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
Eric Ashford United States Flag United States Read
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 Alice 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
Gary Radice United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Panagiota Romios United States Flag United States Read
Bill Baker United States Flag United States Read
Mike Gentile United States Flag United States Read
Jenna Logan United States Flag United States Read
Delice Arleen Skelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Lasaad Tayeb United States Flag United States Read