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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:


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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/28/2022 I Wish For You Love Terzanellelove,
5/28/2022 Dawn Monokumorning,
5/28/2022 Burr in the Butt Quatrainanti bullying,betrayal,co
5/27/2022 Outpatient Procedure Couplethow i feel,humor,sick,
5/27/2022 Longevity Light Versehumorous,
5/27/2022 Turn a Deaf Ear Quatrainfeelings,senses,spoken wo
5/27/2022 Gentle Squeezes Monorhymelight,smile,
5/27/2022 All's Right With the World Sonnetallusion,angst,perspectiv
5/26/2022 New River Gorge Bridge Rhymemiracle,travel,
5/26/2022 Birds in the Sky Rondeauappreciation,bird,flying,
5/26/2022 The National Hypocrisy Quatrainamerica,perspective,polit
5/26/2022 I Will Not Be Silenced Free verseanti bullying,grief,persp
5/25/2022 Outcry for Change Free verseamerica,anti bullying,cha
5/25/2022 My Sadness is Profound Terzanellebullying,child abuse,grav
5/25/2022 Guns Do Kill People Free verseanti bullying,perspective
5/24/2022 My Last Poem Terzanelledeath,future,poems,writin
5/24/2022 Into the Sunset Trioletdeath,life,metaphor,sunse
5/24/2022 On Becoming a Millionaire Quatrainperspective,success,
5/24/2022 Carpenter Bee Rhymeinsect,
5/23/2022 Above the Fray Quintillapeace,
5/23/2022 The Greeter Tankabird,song,
5/23/2022 Splash of Color Haikubutterfly,
5/23/2022 Welcome to Soup Creek Town Light Verseanti bullying,fun,humor,p
5/22/2022 Three Bawdy Limericks I Wish I Hadn't Written Limerickfunny,growing up,humor,
5/22/2022 For the Birds Light Versebird,funny,humor,
5/22/2022 Sentimentality Free versefeelings,
5/22/2022 Lift Me Up a Little Higher Rondeau Redoubleangst,hope,perspective,up
5/21/2022 Universal Consciousness Sonnetphilosophy,religious,spir
5/21/2022 Ah, Drifting Leisurely - Repost Rondeau Redoubleflying,sky,stress,
5/21/2022 My Happy Heart Sings Rhymeappreciation,feelings,hap
5/21/2022 Donald J Trump Rhymeperspective,political,
5/21/2022 Two Men Free versefeelings,perspective,poli
5/21/2022 Spelling Bee Light Versefun,language,nonsense,spo
5/20/2022 The Land of Poppycock Rhymefantasy,nonsense,silly,
5/20/2022 Marking a Memory Quatrainhome,memory,mountains,nat
5/19/2022 Living on a High-Wire Trapeze Pantoumfeelings,health,me,sick,
5/19/2022 Pollen Count Is Up Light Versenature,senses,spring,
5/19/2022 The Orchestra Abecedarianmusic,
5/19/2022 An Earnest Prayer Sonnetdesire,feelings,inspirati
5/19/2022 Narcissists Rhymeanti bullying,character,p
5/19/2022 I Long to Write a Poem Pantoumdesire,poetry,writing,
5/18/2022 Waters Light Verseperspective,philosophy,
5/18/2022 Boy Scout Limerickboy,care,hero,
5/18/2022 I Have Wondered Free versenature,perspective,
5/18/2022 In the Far Beyond Sonnetdream,lost love,
5/17/2022 Death in the Forest Free verseanimal,death,life,nature,
5/17/2022 I Am So Blessed Free verselife,
5/17/2022 Spare Me Disaffected Trolls Quatrainanti bullying,feelings,pe
5/16/2022 What Fascinates Me Free versewomen,
5/16/2022 I Do Like Poems Pantoumpoems,poetry,writing,
5/16/2022 Competition Monokuphilosophy,relationship,
5/15/2022 Since God Made Us All - repost Rhymecreation,humanity,perspec
5/15/2022 Red Moon Rising Trioletloneliness,moon,mountains
5/15/2022 I Talk to the Trees Rhymenature,tree,voice,
5/15/2022 Shape-Shifting Light Versefantasy,fun,silly,
5/15/2022 To Be Avoided Epigramfeelings,
5/15/2022 Sights and Sounds of a Simple Life Quatrainanimal,bird,flower,nature
5/14/2022 A Basic Economic Reality Rhymeintegrity,perspective,phi
5/14/2022 Beware the Tenderness Rubaiyatfriendship,perspective,
5/14/2022 Melodies of My Own Making Villanelledeath,music,perspective,s
5/14/2022 Lay Me Gently Down Rondeau Redoubledeath,feelings,memorial,p
5/14/2022 On the Meaning of Life Free versedeath,life,nature,
5/14/2022 AILMENTS Footlebody,
5/13/2022 Not so Friendly Discussions Abecedarianfriendship,humorous,
5/13/2022 Hector O Swift Epitaphhumorous,
5/13/2022 Divine Intervention Coupletspiritual,strength,
5/13/2022 Friday the Thirteenth Trioletangst,destiny,feelings,ma
5/13/2022 Beware Coupletperspective,
5/13/2022 Notions of the Poet-Sage Villanellepoetry,poets,writing,
5/13/2022 Skyscape Haikunature,peace,sky,
5/13/2022 Folly of Anger Quatrainanger,feelings,
5/10/2022 On Ownership Quintain (Sicilian)perspective,philosophy,
5/10/2022 Misfortune Monokufate,life,perspective,
5/10/2022 A Fragile World Divided Pantoumpeace,perspective,war,wor
5/9/2022 And That's the Story Narrativecar,science,water,
5/9/2022 Walk Through the Meadow Free verseadventure,bird,flower,nat
5/9/2022 Smiling Versehumorous,perspective,smil
5/9/2022 Not a Piece of Cake Rhymefood,humorous,sports,
5/9/2022 The Brain--Your Personal Computer Pantoumbody,computer,
5/8/2022 Slow Down, Little Sailor Man Terza Rimaboy,good night,nursery rh
5/8/2022 Bubble of Illusion Rhymefuture,inspirational,life
5/8/2022 Captain America Rhymeadventure,america,hero,
5/8/2022 Come in from the Rain Pantoumme,perspective,rain,sick,
5/8/2022 Here At Poetry Soup Coupletappreciation,poems,poetry
5/7/2022 Unexpected Treasures - Repost Free versehappiness,joy,uplifting,
5/7/2022 Dew Covered Grass Free versedance,flower,me,self,soun
5/7/2022 Whispers of the Wind Haikunature,tree,wind,
5/7/2022 Perfect Day Haikubird,flying,nature,sky,
5/7/2022 A Changing Day Epitaphhumorous,
5/7/2022 Value of Earnest Effort Quatrainperspective,success,uplif
5/6/2022 Pollen Count Up Haikunature,senses,sick,spring
5/6/2022 Spring Fairy Dust Light Versenature,pollution,spring,
5/6/2022 Bitterness Quintain (English)character,
5/6/2022 Smell of Poo Than-Baukhumorous,
5/6/2022 Lavender Is Blooming Trioletbird,flower,nature,
5/6/2022 Make the World a Better Place Quatrainanti bullying,encouraging
5/6/2022 Individual Rights Rhymeconflict,perspective,poli
5/5/2022 A Sad Tale of Woe Narrativebetrayal,love,marriage,
5/5/2022 Old Memories Quaternfuture,memory,
5/5/2022 Reflections Epigramimage,mirror,self,

My Photos

Fav Poems

VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
Flagpole Fannie -- POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
The American Indian Rhymeappreciation,beauty,histo
Precious Black Night POTD Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
Universal Holidays Rhymeappreciation,chanukah,chr
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Nobody Knows the Rubble I Have Seen Light Verse2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
this old building Versehome,
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Esoteric Fox and His Wisdom Narrative10th grade,4th grade,5th
Worries For Another Day Rhymehappy,how i feel,inspirat
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
I Almost Pooed My Pants Rhymefishing,
Some With Faces Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
Man Child Versechild,childhood,men,
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
Where Daffodils Grow By The Sea Rhymebeauty,daffodils,sea,
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,
Piper in the Woodlands Free versenature,
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
B U L L I E S Acrosticabuse,anti bullying,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Gertie Reports Glory of Lazy Eye Rhymehumorous,
Crumb Coupletsuicide,
Dead to Me Means More Alive than Ever Narrativegrandchild,grandmother,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
I Am But a Grain of Sand Rhymecharacter,how i feel,phil
An Endless Spring Versenature,
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
Sleep Song Lyricdeath,
I am Childlike Not Childish Free verseme,
I Chose The Life That Was Chosen For Me Rhymeappreciation,discriminati
Another Lifetime Versework,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
A To-Do List Rhymeme,
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
Timeout Rhymebeautiful,change,image,im
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Ladies and Black Clothes Light Versehumor,
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
Survivors Guilt Narrativedeath,grief,how i feel,
Again Verselove,snow,
Huskey Mountain Ode Rhymehome,
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
Bat and Gat: Unwelcome Picnic Guest Limerickanimal,hero,silly,
Evolution of a Serious Poet Rhymelife,love,poets,
Heaven On Earth Free versehumor,
Petites And Faeries Rhymehope,love,magic,together,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
Choice Rhymehow i feel,
WE ARE BROTHERS III Free versepeace,war,world,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
Cutting Ties Rhymehurt,
Show me God Rhymegod,
Not Trying Does Not Work for You Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Mr So and so Light Versewife,
PS - IT'S POETRY Rhymehow i feel,poetry,writing

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
Sotto Poet United States Flag United States Read
Sally Eslinger United States Flag United States Read
Paula Goldsmith United States Flag United States Read
Tania Kitchin United States Flag United States Read
L MILTON HANKINS United States Flag United States Read
Victor Buhagiar Malta Flag Malta Read
Valsa George India Flag India Read
Marikate Kingston United States Flag United States Read
Mark Koplin United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Avery Won United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Marie Baatz United States Flag United States Read
Marco Chies Brazil Flag Brazil Read
Tom Cunningham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Edward Ibeh United States Flag United States Read
Jeff Kyser United States Flag United States Read
Indiana Shaw United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Etgen-Baker United States Flag United States Read
John Anderson Australia Flag Australia Read
jason azazadiz _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read