To the Reader,
First, thank you for your time to read this.
A little about me. I was raised in inner city New York. My father was from Jewish background, my mother from Anglo-Protestant background, but both were alienated from their traditions. Agnostic themselves, they raised my siblings and me to make our own decisions about religion. Ironically perhaps, from college on I grew increasingly drawn to “the God question” with my initial interest in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Tao traditions.
After completing my B.A., I spent much of the next two years outdoors hitch-hiking in the western U.S. Over this time I became convinced there was an intelligence behind nature. At age twenty-five and desperate to know God personally, I had an experience that led me to become a Christian. Now, more than forty years later and with significant change in between, I am associated with a local Mennonite community.
I first became acquainted with Poemhunter.com while looking for particular poems and poets. Then I realized I could post my own poems there. I love the leveling in this! Though I’ve been writing poetry for about fifty years and published in maybe a dozen periodicals most of them defunct, at this point in my life I mainly want to share my poems with others. Though I read a lot, I rarely read magazines of any type and don’t want to bother with trying to figure out the preferences of poetry editors. So I’m grateful for the platform Poemhunter provides.
The overall title for my poetry is While Passing Through. Hearing about the patriarch Abraham was key in my conversion, and I relate to his life as a sojourner. As one myself, I witness and report on what I experience and wonder about—nature as teacher, nature as imaging God, and the mystery of God and what it means to be human. These, you’ll find, are themes I revisit again and again.
Revised June 2018