My mother wrote in my Baby Book that I learned my first poem when I was almost four years old.
It was an Easter poem:
- 'It's a Time to Smile' -
It's a time to smile, it's a time to sing.
Our happy hearts to Christ we bring.
I remember reading poetry in my youth: The Song of Hiawatha, The Rime of the
Ancient Mariner, The Raven, Casey at the Bat, and many more. Poetry has always been an influence in
my life, especially the lyrics to songs. I love to sing, though I don't believe my voice is as good as
it used to be.
I have been writing poetry since the mid-sixties (High School), when it burst
forth in volume from me as if contained under pressure. Then off and on throughout my life, I have been
inspired to write individual poems.
I have been through four marriages: My first wife died in her sleep after we
had been married for only six months. My second marriage ended in divorce, after our son was born. My
third wife died of a congenital heart disease, almost thirty years later than her doctors thought she
would. My fourth marriage ended in divorce after 12 years of marriage, and I haven't been able to see
my daughter since she was ten, though we write to each other.
But in spite of all the seemingly terrible things that have happened to me, my
faith in the Love of God, and in Jesus Christ, has held firm. I have learned to appreciate the reality
of God's love in the midst of trials. I know He loves me, and each of us, and that He has allowed us to
suffer pain and setbacks for our eternal good, to give us strength of our own.
I have had more time and inspiration to write poetry since becoming single again,
especially since, a year later, I lost my job as a computer programmer. And in looking back at my life, I
have learned (and relearned) many things. I know I must continue building a solid structure upon the
foundation of Faith in God in partnership with Him.