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Paso Robles, California, United States
Novelist, poet, songwriter, and journalist, I bring over four decades of experience to the written page. I just finished Mental Hygiene, a coming of age novel set in Fort Jackson, SC circa 1967-68.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MENTAL HYGIENE - Excerpt Chapter Seven


            As with most things, emotional edges fray with wear. Murphy kept his 
personal mending to himself, but epiphanies were coming between his self-
serving nature and his circumstances. The specter of maturity was beginning 
to get in the way of avoidance, and there seemed to be nothing he could do 
to stop it.  He could no longer ignore the person he was becoming, his 
conscious part in the scheme of things, the fact that he was now the very 
pawn he despised.  
            Those thoughts lay in his head as he shared a cheap motel bed with 
a fresh WAC. What was her name?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Another Poem from the European Trip

On My Birthday

on my birthday in 1945
the philadelphia record reported
that a dozen peach growers in new jersey
filed suit; blaming
the atom bomb for ruining
their crops/ that was the big headline;
the nuremberg nazi war criminal trial
began that day with less fanfare/
both events were far away
and not my fault/

Friday, October 8, 2010

The First of the Poems From European Trip

     Venice Vision

i capture a glimpse;
a snapshot of your crossing
the rialto bridge in september/
the shadow of you reversed
on the water;
the whisper of autumn
catching in your hair
like a frieze/

and venice,
the world's last stop
before a poem,
turns down the sheets;
you're gone
with the good light/