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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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William Kekaula
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

Judging My Couplets Contest
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"Trionet" Contest Finalized
Date Posted: 7/2/2021 8:38:00 AM
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
10/27/2021 Young and Foolish Was I Free versefreedom,youth,
10/26/2021 Gunnoe Limerickhumorous,
10/26/2021 Meadow in Autumn Coupletautumn,nature,perspective
10/26/2021 Approaching Anniversary of Losing My Wife Italian Sonnetanniversary,death,loss,lo
10/25/2021 A Bridge to Somewhere Free verseculture,hope,metaphor,per
10/25/2021 End of October Monorhymeoctober,
10/25/2021 A Rainy Day in October Rhymedepression,october,season
10/25/2021 Seasonal Depression Sijodepression,how i feel,sea
10/24/2021 Opus: Optimism Senryuhope,how i feel,inspirati
10/24/2021 Tribute to Meredith Willson Kimoimage,music,
10/24/2021 Crappy Politicians Rhymeanger,how i feel,perspect
10/23/2021 Vision of a Space Explorer Rhymeearth,fantasy,future,hope
10/23/2021 Sufficiency Free verseanimal,appreciation,beaut
10/22/2021 Rainbow Cinquaincolor,rainbow,
10/22/2021 Advice to a Fine Young Man Trioletencouraging,pride,youth,
10/22/2021 Icy Fantasies Haikuart,winter,
10/22/2021 I Wandered Through the Garden Rhymeflower,garden,lost love,m
10/22/2021 Jack Frost Haikuart,winter,
10/21/2021 Dear Friend Rhymeconflict,divorce,friend,s
10/21/2021 Death Unexpected Quintain (English)death,death of a friend,
10/21/2021 Charming Patterns Free versefun,winter,
10/20/2021 Sunshine and Shadow Haikunature,sunshine,
10/20/2021 Seek Peace at the Sacred Altar Rhymeinspirational,peace,relig
10/19/2021 My Sweet Pug Lanterneanimal,dog,pets,
10/19/2021 Masks Quintain (English)halloween,health,perspect
10/19/2021 I Hear Folks Sayin' Quatrainbody,how i feel,humorous,
10/19/2021 Thanksgiving Tankathanksgiving,thanksgiving
10/18/2021 Opinions of Teenagers Limerickhumorous,irony,political,
10/18/2021 Approaching Winter in the Urals Ekphrasisinspirational,nature,plac
10/18/2021 Our Strength Rhymefreedom,patriotic,strengt
10/17/2021 Whiners and Whisperers Quaterncharacter,growing up,how
10/17/2021 Taking the High Road Free verserelationship,work,
10/17/2021 Flat Tire on a Rainy Day Sonnetanxiety,irony,rain,weathe
10/16/2021 On Prayer Answered Quatrainprayer,
10/16/2021 Let's Hear It for Heat Rhymehow i feel,humorous,me,
10/16/2021 Commenting on Poems Rhymeperspective,poems,poetry,
10/16/2021 A Simple Poem Quatrainpoems,poets,writing,
10/15/2021 Local County Fair Rhymeautumn,celebration,commun
10/15/2021 Halloween At My House Monorhymefun,halloween,
10/15/2021 Seek the Joyful Moments Villanellegiving,joy,life,thanksgiv
10/14/2021 Stale Vermouth Trioletme,perspective,spoken wor
10/14/2021 Danger in the Night Haikubird,nature,night,sound,
10/14/2021 When Momma Visited Free versedeath,identity,mother,sur
10/14/2021 Monarchs Trioletautumn,butterfly,nature,
10/14/2021 Farm Tour Idyll (Idyl)farm,nature,
10/14/2021 Farmer Brown Limerickhumorous,
10/14/2021 Let the Eagles Soar Qasidaamerica,bird,patriotic,sk
10/13/2021 Longing for Vallarta Rhymetravel,vacation,weather,
10/13/2021 Self-Esteem Monokuself,success,
10/13/2021 Prepared for Possibilities Quatrainfuture,recovery from,
10/13/2021 When I Am But a Fossil Free versegrave,me,perspective,prop
10/12/2021 Expectations Terzanelledream,endurance,hope,phil
10/12/2021 Tinkering With Tennyson Clerihewengland,humor,humorous,po
10/12/2021 Exceptional Times Call Political Versehow i feel,patriotic,pers
10/12/2021 My Granddaughter Light Versegraduation,granddaughter,
10/11/2021 Late Sleeper Tankamorning,sleep,sun,
10/11/2021 Big Surprise Limerickhumorous,soldier,
10/11/2021 Mft dear Freinde Vogondesire,friendship,humor,l
10/11/2021 Rubicon Crossing Free verseabuse,anti bullying,life,
10/11/2021 In a Neighborhood Bar Coupletdrink,men,perspective,wor
10/11/2021 Smart Birds Chokabird,nature,
10/11/2021 The Laughter Stays Coupletmemory,remember,
10/11/2021 What Poetry Folks Read Quatrainliterature,poems,poetry,
10/10/2021 Supper Time Haikubird,food,insect,
10/10/2021 Along the Seine Rhymeart,boat,paris,river,roma
10/10/2021 My Friend Roget Light Versehumorous,writing,
10/10/2021 My Two Nannies Limerickhumorous,
10/10/2021 Silly Bird - Nursery Rhyme Rhymechild,nursery rhyme,poetr
10/10/2021 Upside Down - Inside Out Diamanteconflict,confusion,humoro
10/10/2021 There Was a Time Sonnetlife,me,perspective,psych
10/9/2021 Despair Epigramhope,how i feel,
10/9/2021 On Civil Disagreement Terzanelleperspective,political,rel
10/9/2021 Fans of Autumn Dizainautumn,holiday,sports,
10/9/2021 Swimming in the Moonlight Rhymedream,happiness,health,mo
10/9/2021 Taboo Coupletspoken word,
10/9/2021 Burned Out Free verseintrospection,silence,
10/8/2021 Jealousy Quatrainjealousy,
10/8/2021 Misunderstood Limerickhumorous,
10/8/2021 Conspiracy Theories Terzanelleanxiety,conflict,earth,fu
10/8/2021 Raised Up Senryuinspirational,life,spirit
10/8/2021 Death, Come Not Silent Versedeath,heaven,inspirationa
10/8/2021 Spreading Truth Monokutruth,words,
10/8/2021 The Knocking Rhymedeath,loss,wife,writing,
10/7/2021 Aunt Mabel Wrote Alliterationfamily,relationship,writi
10/7/2021 Farmer Shane Limerickfarm,humorous,
10/7/2021 County Fair Time Haikuautumn,october,
10/7/2021 Unclothed Thoughts Free verseperspective,philosophy,
10/7/2021 The Future Rhymeconfusion,future,perspect
10/7/2021 Summer Slips Slowly ABCbird,change,seasons,summe
10/7/2021 Ghost Trawler Rhymeboat,fishing,halloween,
10/6/2021 Antivaxxers Senryudeath,health,society,
10/6/2021 Reborn Here Now Without Baggage Quaternidentity,life,nature,pers
10/6/2021 Experience Epigramlife,
10/6/2021 Walk With Me Trioletencouraging,uplifting,
10/6/2021 Sycamore Haikuautumn,nature,tree,
10/6/2021 Wrinkles Coupletage,conflict,wife,
10/6/2021 Legacy Kimopoetry,writing,
10/6/2021 Mister McGoo's Disaster Limerickhumorous,
10/6/2021 Beware the Goblins Villanellehalloween,
10/6/2021 Bumbershoot Light Verserain,sunshine,

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Fav Poems

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

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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
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