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At 55, I am fresh out a a failed relationship of Twenty. I have been HIV+ for 22 years, and had a massive head injury 10 years ago. I really thought life wat over, but then I met someone. He has been my muse, bringing poetry back into my life. (It started with Walt Whitman in High School). After I got out of High School, I stopped writing. I think it has come back, but I will let you be the j

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I grew up in a village in Central Il.  I knew that I was different than the other boys but didn't know why.  In my mid teens, I understood that the God of my understanding (at that time) was a hateful God.

When I joined the Air Force, I maintained my standing in the Atheist Religion, but discovered something that changed my life for the better.  I Was GAY!

It was a wonderful liberation.  I immediately fell in love, but found out that the person that I was in love with wasn't the white picket fence kind of guy.  It nearly destroyed me.

I became an alchoholic, in and out of relationships, until I moved to Denver.  There is where God found me.  I found myself in a church with a loving pastor (Priest) that quickly involved me in the church (Episcopal).

I got sober and fell into progessive stages of lay ministry, until I was finally called by and Old Catholic Church to be a deacon and then a Priest. 

It was at that same time that I met a partner that I would be with for twenty years.  Although he was a good man, he didn't have a lust or love for life.

I did.  Everthing was a banquet to me.  After twenty years I finally left, and came back to Illinois, defeated and longing for a God that I had grown distant from.

I finally met a man that I had been conversing on a men's dating site with, and the sparks flew!  I reconnected with the God that I had been missing and found emotion to be a good thing again.

It is this man that has made these poems possible.

I will l let you be the judge of my poetry

Birth Place
Peoria, IL USA

Bachelor of Arts
Master of Divinity

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