The compositions in this publication are a somewhat wild collection of diverse subjects, forms, rhyme, prose, lyrics and blank verse composed throughout my life.
Poetry has always been enjoyable and inspiring to me. I was an English major before I dropped out of college and entered a program to train pilots to navigate on the U.S. inland waterway system. I held a USCG Masters License and U.S. Merchant Mariner Tankerman’s license for over twenty years.
Rather than listen to the same songs repeatedly while working or traveling, I often had Spanish language tapes and tapes of Shakespeare and modern poets to inspire and entertain me, which I often committed to memory.
A few of the poems were written as lyrics for songs I have composed while playing the guitar. Those usually take a more strict form with verse, chorus and rhyme.
Having finally reached the official demographic of early old age, I challenged myself to organize and edit this publication- even paying to self-publish it- as an expression of my life, such as it is or has been.
Growing up in Mississippi during the fifties and sixties, watching a cross burn, picking cotton, riding the river, studying in New York, working all over the south, having a family, fronting rock bands, living and working in Venezuela during the administration of Hugo Chavez- so many experiences in so short a time and witnessing so many changes- all work to produce a strange beast.
It requires some sort of documentation, and I hope you find it worth the read.