I’m married. My wife’s name is Kathleen. I have three grown children and one beautiful (and intelligent!) granddaughter.

I’m a US Navy veteran - nuclear powered missile submarines - and I’ve been associated with golf all my life, either as a player and/or a golf course superintendent. One of my daughters has even taken it up and has become quite a fanatic about it - wants to play all the time. Both my mom and dad have been club champions at our home course and so have my two brothers and … so have I. Must be a “family affliction” …

I started writing poetry as gifts to friends who were having birthdays, weddings, etc., then just started writing other funny stuff, concentrating on writing children’s poetry. I like to end most of my poems with an unexpected twist.

I had the good fortune to meet on line, a wonderful person who also wrote poetry. That started my friendship with CJ Heck. Fortunately she let me write a few poems with her. I have some of my stuff on other websites, but Barking Spiders is the best place to be if you’re … a big kid like me. ~Rusty”

Note: Rusty's poetry is published, and can be read, monthly in the Hillview Country Club Newsletter, Franklin, Indiana. His work can also be seen at Poemhunter.com, thestarlitecafe, todays-woman.net, Lovestories.com, poemsabout.com, Kevin McCarthy's Dallas Digest, and at his personal website, The Land of Russken.


Rusty Daily Poems

I Sit Here And Read The Signatures

I sit here and read the signatures
on an elevated plaster cast
that supports a splintered tibia,
remembering the ill advised... more »


isn't for weak-willed
neophytes who, for one minute,
question the superiority of their
self-appointed position.... more »

So Much For Change

Back in the day
the smoke blacked tube
was what made the tv fuzzy
and the wind pushed... more »

Rusty Daily Quotes

Comments about Rusty Daily

Joseph Daly 30 Dec 2005 05:35
Rusty is, predominately a writer of children's poetry and has made the fatal error of letting us know, here and there, that he is an adult. But that is really only a biological matter. At heart Rusty is peter Pan, but with an enormous (and sometime, wicked) sense of humour. He does not so much, remind us adults of children's innocence, whith it's bemusement at the world, it's pathos and it's (sometimes, inadvertant) humour, he remind us of the human condition itself; in all its triumphs and failings. Oh, and he has also provided me with moments of hilarity that really hurt. I shall be sending him the hospital bill in due course.
Joy Vanderhelm 25 Nov 2005 04:25
My compliments, Rusty. Your work is to be envied by all wannabe poets out there. It has paled even some of the greats in my mind. If you ever publish, I will be sure to snatch you right up. Your wonderful insight and hilarity, your wise way with words is so very impressive. I don't think there is anything you could write that I won't enjoy reading. Your work is to be cherished. Thanks for the great read.
Sallie Howson 15 Apr 2005 11:35
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your poetry. Have you ever considered trying to publish a child's poetry book?