Ahh, Poetry. Poetry has always been an important part of my life. As
a child I always LOVED having someone read beautiful poetry to me. As a University
student my studies wove through many different disciplines... Engineering, Business,
Psychology, Counseling, Education, Foreign Langauges, Ballet, Accounting, Law...
I earned a Secondary Language Arts teaching degree and taught English and Foreign
Languages for a few years. Then I returned to my Engineering and Business side and
worked as a Business Consultant and Systems Engineer for several years. Then as of
Spring 2004 I renewed my Teaching Certificate again. I thought it was time.
In the midst of the Teaching and the Business Consultikng and the Engineering years,
I found time for Hospice volunteering and writing a book to help out in caregiving.
And Handwriting Analysis has always been a part of my life vision anywhwere I've been
in the professional world, from teaching to Hospice to Computers & Engineering. As the
Handwriting Analyist that I am, I can't help but notice its quiet little messages.
And it's been much that same way with Poetry. Poetry has always been there, read and
written during and between jobs, during and between relationshps, in times of struggle,
hope, confusion, love, celebration. Poetry is Life Reflection to me.
Some of my favorite classical poets include Emily Dickinson, William
Butler Yeats, Poe, Shakespeare, Milton. I tend to prefer classical lyrical verse to
the more free / open styles. As a lyricist for my own or other people's musical
compositions, it's more often that rhythmic lyrical form which speaks to me.
One near-poetry-but-not-quite which sets forth some of my basic values is my Life's Compass from early 1996. I wrote this shortly after
the death of Vern Ho, a dear friend of mine who for years had, as I like to say,
taunted me in his Organizational Development Consultan role for years, telling me I
needed to have a "Mission Statement" for me, my companies, my life. Ok...
Fato! Done now; Vern would be happy! :-)
Take a look at some of the images in the Mission
Statement. You'll find these and other common images woven into and through most
of my poetry. Among them, Clouds, Eternity, Shadows, Spiritual Questioning, Love &
Loss... These are some of the recurring themes in my poetry... but of course these are
not exactly original, nor news to most poets!
I have stacks & stacks & books and books of quite literally hundreds or maybe even
thousands of poems over the thrity-something years I've been writing. But I've pulled
together some for display here on the web of my favorites. These are a few of my more
popular, the main attractions in bold
I list here some of my other work, too... Some select Short
Story, Book and Song pieces which are representative of other works. Perhaps
more later as I get it formatted for the web?